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When you travel to and live in different climates and environments, you should be aware that there can be many health risks related to different diseases found in different countries that you may have never been exposed to before. To stay fit and heaalthy you should pay particular attention to food hygiene, the source of drinking water and hand cleanliness.

Before planning to travel or move abroad you should ensure that you are fully aware of the health status of your host country and have taken appropriate medical precautions, such as immunisations and suitable medical insurance cover.

There are a number of resources available to provide advice and support. Your first stop should be to consult with your doctor.

In the UK your doctor can provide you with a free booklet  'Health advice for Travellers' which primarily gives advice on health and immunisations as well as the rules of the EU service. It is also advisable to ask for a copy of your medical notes to take with you if you have or have had any type of serious medical complaint.

Some of the available resources are

When you do arrive in a new country to live or to stay for any length of time, it is advisable to register with a local doctor, so that if you do get sick at any time, you will not be having to deal with finding a suitable doctor in your area when you are least able to cope with this added pressure.

If you and your family have certain medicines and prescriptions that you are used to taking , it is advisable to take a supply with you to your new country, as you may find these items are not available.

It is also important to take time to rest and refresh when you arrive in your new 'home' country. After the stress of the move and leaving 'home', friends and family, this is the time when you can fall ill or be receptive to catch some disease, as your immune system may be low.

Depending on your circumstances and the host country medical facilities, it may be advisable to have some form of medical evacuation insurance cover.

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