Planning your flight
Advice on fitness to fly, flying with specific medical conditions (including a guide for physicians), flying when pregnant, fear of flying and travel immunisations.

Medical conditions and fitness to fly

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Your patient and air travel - a guide for physicians

 
Pregnancy  
Fear of flying  
Immunisations   


Pregnancy
For uncomplicated single pregnancies, we restrict travel beyond the end of the 36th week, and for twins, triplets etc., beyond the end of the 32nd week. After your pregnancy has entered its 28th week, we ask that you carry with you a letter from your doctor or midwife, stating the pregnancy is uncomplicated and confirming the expected date of delivery. In this letter, your doctor should state that you are in good health, that they are happy for you to fly, and that (in their opinion) there is no reason why you cannot fly.

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Fear of flying
Fear of flying is common. Your own doctor can prescribe a mild tranquilliser which can often assist the nervous flyer to overcome the anxiety associated with air travel. A number of organisations run special one day courses designed to reassure the apprehensive passenger and make the thought and act of flying a pleasant experience.

British Airways supports the course run by Aviatours (01252 793250) which includes a short flight of approximately one hour duration conducted by a highly experienced British Airways training captain, following preparation by an eminent clinical psychologist.

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Immunisations
The immunisations that you need for visiting certain health risk areas will vary over time (e.g., due to disease outbreaks). It is best to seek individual advice by visiting a travel clinic or your GP. You may also need to protect yourself against malaria by taking a course of tablets and by using insect repellent.

MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) are British Airways Preferred Partner for travel health services and have a network of travel clinics across the UK. They provide expert travel medicine advice and treatment to the travelling public, including a comprehensive immunisation service and a wide range of anti-malarial drugs. For further information about MASTA, please visit their website at
http://www.masta-travel-health.com.

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