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Holidaymakers urged over hand wash

03 July 2012 09:32

Holidaymakers have been urged to keep their hands clean while abroad

Holidaymakers have been urged to keep their hands clean while abroad

We all know when travelling abroad it's important to get the necessary immunisations to avoid harmful diseases, but now a professor also recommends taking sanitation packs and hand wash in your suitcase.

John Oxford, professor of virology at Queen Mary College University, states doing so can potentially help fight against the kind of bacterial diseases which can cause complaints such as upset stomachs.

Although he acknowledges international hygiene standards have risen since the global flu pandemic, Professor Oxford says carrying sanitisers and disinfectants while out and about can be "beneficial".

He said: "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."

People who travel outside the UK are advised by the NHS that they may need to be vaccinated against particular diseases, so it is important to consider your destination, at what time of year you're travelling and for how long you shall be visiting.

When travelling abroad, it is also recommended you take out adequate medical travel insurance to offer financial peace of mind in the event of unforeseen circumstances.