It is important to follow good personal hygeine practices on holiday, to minimise the risk of catching diseases.

Whether you’re booking cheap flights to India or Australia, Dubai or South Africa, it is important to take steps to avoid potentially harmful diseases, especially in countries that require immunizations beforehand.

The NHS recommends people travelling outside of the UK that they may need to be vaccinated against certain diseases. To do this, it is important to consider where you’re travelling, at what time of year and how long you’ll be visiting for.

Beyond vaccinations, John Oxford, professor of virology at Queen Mary College University, also recommends taking a sanitation pack with you and washing your hands regularly while on holiday, to avoid any bacterial diseases, which can cause upset stomachs – a condition common for people when travelling abroad.

While international hygiene standards have been much higher since the 2009 global flu pandemic, he said that keeping hand sanitisers and disinfectants on your can be beneficial.

“Even on the move, there’s no excuse for being negligent in your own hygiene in a way that could affect other people as well. There’s a dual responsibility we all have,” he said.

Written by Ruth Norris

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