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Travel

Everyone deserves a holiday. There are a couple of extra factors you need to keep in mind when you’re a myeloma patient to make sure you get the most out of your travels.

Can you travel abroad with myeloma?

You can still enjoy holidays both in the UK and abroad as a myeloma patient. There are some additional challenges you may face when travelling or planning a holiday. But with careful planning and a few sensible precautions, you can still enjoy time away.

Myeloma travel insurance

Getting travel insurance can be more difficult when you have myeloma, so it’s a good idea to start looking as soon as you can. You may want to look into obtaining insurance before booking your holiday. Our Travel Insurance Infosheet has a list of companies that have offered insurance policies to myeloma patients in the past, and can be a good place to start.

You may need a letter from your doctor to outline your condition and whether you are fit to travel.

Discuss your travel plans with your doctor

You should discuss your travel plans with your doctor before you go. They can give you a letter outlining details about your myeloma and treatment which may be helpful if you fall ill while away. They will also make sure you have enough drugs with you to last for your whole trip, plus some extra in case of delays. They can also provide you with antibiotics in case you pick up an infection. Be sure to check what restrictions there are on bringing certain drugs into the country you are visiting.

Travel vaccinations and myeloma

Depending on where you are visiting, you may need vaccinations before you go. There are certain vaccines myeloma patients should not have, so you should discuss your travel plans with your doctor or nurse. Myeloma patients should not have ‘live vaccines’ such as oral polio or typhoid, yellow fever and rubella. Find out more about vaccinations and myeloma in our Infosheet.

What can I do while on holiday?

While you’re away make sure you rest as much as you need and continue to eat healthily. Take care in the sun and avoid any extreme sports.

Read more about travelling and holidaying with myeloma in our Infopack for living well with myeloma.

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