Going to the the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer? Use these helpful tips to make sure your trip is a healthy and more importantly, a safe one.
Some rare illnesses and diseases to the US may be common in the UK, so make sure your entire family is current on vaccinations. Especially if you are traveling with children, make sure they have their shots. Consult your physician to find out which vaccines you have had, and which ones you need. In the UK, vaccines are known as Jabs.
Don’t Shy from Healthy Habits
Just because you are on vacation does not mean you take a break from your healthy habits:
- Frequently wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer or hand wipes
- Don’t forget to wear sunscreen when outdoors during the day
- Also apply bug repellant to avoid bites from foreign insects
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve and NOT in your hands
In Case of an Emergency
In the event you become seriously ill or suffer and injury, don’t dial 911 for emergency help while in London, call 999 and asked to be taken to the A&E (Accident and Emergency), not the ER. For all other minor cuts, scrapes, minor illness and more, visit a local walk-in center or pharmacy for help. Remember, your health insurance here in the US won’t cover you in London. Any medical expenses will be out-of-pocket. To locate a pharmacy or walk-in center, visit the National Health Service website, or call 0845-4647 (while in London of course). Travel health insurance will reimburse any costs you incur.
Talk Like the Brits
Here’s some useful terms to say that will help avoid confusion if you are in need of medical care:
British Terms American Terms
A&E (Accident & Emergency) ER (Emergency Room)
Consultant Attending Physician
Gip Aches, Pain
Jabs Vaccinations, Shots
Plaster, Elastoplast Elastic Bandage, Band-Aid
Surgical Spirit Rubbing Alcohol
Visit the CDC website for more healthy traveling tips this summer.