The risks to health whilst travelling will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, e.g. activities abroad, length of stay and general health of the traveller. It is recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner or visit a Travel Clinic ideally 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. They will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and /or antimalarial tablets. This is also a good opportunity to discuss important travel health issues including safe food and water, accidents, sun exposure, insect bites, other risks and outbreak in the country of destination. Vaccination can help prevent certain communicable diseases but other diseases that do not have vaccine can be prevented using other preventative measures.