Fleet Street Clinic
29 Fleet Street

  • Monday 8:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Friday 8:45 am - 5:30 pm
Altitude Calculator

Find the altitude of every location on your travel itinerary and create a Profile to show the results in a simple graphic format.

DVT Calculator

Calculate an estimate of your own risk of flight-related Deep Vein Thrombosis.

Jet Lag Calculator

The Jet Lag Calculator can tell you how long it will take you to adjust to your new time zone when you travel – and to adjust back again when you come home.

Lyme Disease

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by infected ticks. Unfortunately ticks capable of spreading the infection occur in many countries, and Lyme is on the increase throughout the northern hemisphere. About 15% of cases tend to occur in relation to overseas travel.

Lyme disease can be treated effectively if it is detected early on, so the two key protective measures are prevention and early recognition of any symptoms.

How can I protect myself against Lyme disease?

Unfortunately there is currently no vaccine against Lyme disease (though a new vaccine is in development), so the most important measures are:

  • Avoiding tick bites by covering up, and impregnating clothing with permethrin insecticides
  • Supervising children carefully when playing outdoors
  • Inspecting your skin regularly if you are in a tick-infested area
  • Early tick removal using fine-tipped tweezers or a tick removal card – taking care to also remove the tick’s head. (To see how to remove ticks safely, check out the NHS page on tick removal here.)
  • Seeking specialist medical attention if you think you have been at risk, or if you develop the characteristic rash

Other tick-borne diseases include Tick-Borne Encephalitis (TBE) – which occurs widely in Central and Eastern Europe extending into Asia. Unlike Lyme disease, a vaccine is available for TBE, and should especially be considered by anyone planning to spend much time outdoors in the affected regions. Speak with us about whether or not you should have the TBE vaccine today.

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

The most obvious symptom of Lyme disease is an expanding ring-like skin rash with a paler centre (called erythema migrans or erythema chronicum migrans – ECM for short), often with headache, muscle and joint aches, and a low-grade fever. There are sometimes more serious complications involving the nervous system, heart, or joints.

For further information and a consultation with an experienced member of our travel team head to our online booking service here, or call us on 020 7353 5678.


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