Before you travel you should take advice about your specific needs as early as possible. The Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit has up-to-date information for most destinations - visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice select the destination you require and click on ‘health’.
Vaccinations: You should consider having any vaccinations at least 6 weeks before you travel as some take time to have effect. For more information on vaccinations visit the National Travel Health Network Centre http://nathnac.net/
Health Insurance Card (EHIC): If you are visiting a European Union (EU) country it is recommended that you should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and take it with you when you travel. You can obtain an application form from a main Post Office or you can apply online.
Some travel insurance policies require you to obtain an EHIC card – please check before you travel.