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How to Become an OTC Expert on Holiday Health

By July 4, 2022July 14th, 2022No Comments

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With coronavirus, people’s holiday habits have changed and you need to be prepared with the advice they need for staycations and taking different types of holidays this summer. Helping customers prepare and stock up on the right medicines and products means they can enjoy a safe and healthy holiday whether abroad or at home. Keep reading to find out more about our travel health course for pharmacists.

This course will focus on traveller’s diarrhoea, travel sickness, suncare and bites and stings.

The overall aim of our travel health course for pharmacists

This Holiday Health course will assist you in providing customers with the best recommendations and items for treating typical ailments in this area.

Travellers’ diarrhoea, motion sickness, sun protection, and bites and stings will be the main topics.

What are the learning outcomes of this course?

When this course is complete, you will be able to:

  • Offer advice on a few typical holiday health issues
  • Provide recommendations for remedies for seasonal health issues
  • Identify the holiday health symptoms that should be reported to the pharmacist

travel health course for pharmacists

Duration of our travel health course for pharmacists

It will take about 20 minutes to complete this course. The included videos are supplemental and optional but have been added to account for various learning preferences and to improve the learning process.

What makes this travel health course for pharmacists important?

UK residents typically make over 60 million visits overseas each year. You must be ready with the information they require for taking various types of vacations this summer. This is because the coronavirus has changed people’s holiday patterns and they are now a mix of staycations and travelling abroad. Customers may have a safe and healthy vacation whether they are travelling abroad or staying at home if we help them plan and stock up on the necessary medications and items.

travel health course for pharmacists

Effects of COVID-19 on holidays

As of March 2022, the government abolished the COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements for returning to England, easing travel restrictions for the time being.

Additionally, it has released a COVID-19 travel checklist that lists the requirements for travelling abroad:

  • Review the travel advisories for all the nations you plan to visit or pass through.
  • Schedule any COVID-19 examinations you will require to enter the countries you will visit.
  • Learn how to use the NHS COVID Pass to demonstrate your immunisation history overseas.

You may find all current information here.

Summer health service

There will be a greater need for guidance and suggestions for more general summer health-related issues as a result of a mix of domestic and international vacations.

Find out what you may provide as part of your summer or vacation health service by speaking with your pharmacy. It could contain:

  • Insect repellent products
  • Suncare – recommendations, products, and sun safety
  • Hayfever treatments – determine which pollen is more prevalent in the summer
  • Summer first aid package – this aids consumers in being ready so they are not caught off guard; for instance, it can entail repellent and suncare items as well as diarrhoea, hay fever, and travel sickness medications.

Team effort 

Find out how you can help the pharmacy’s summer health programme by speaking with your pharmacist. This might entail:

  • Marketing the service through POS or word of mouth.
  • Directing clients to the most recent internet information on travel restrictions.
  • Maintaining a supply of summer health brochures.
  • Ensuring that the consultation space is organised and furnished with everything necessary for a summer health service.
  • Providing services and products connected to the coronavirus, such as diagnostics, sanitisers, and masks.


Travel health clinics

Some travel vaccinations are provided by doctors on the NHS, but the majority must be paid for. Many pharmacies now provide their clients with a travel health clinic where they may receive medications and vaccinations to help protect them from contracting illnesses overseas due to this and the trouble of scheduling a doctor’s appointment. These are paid-for private clinics for which clients must pay.

However, not all pharmacies provide thorough advice; some may only provide over-the-counter medicines and more basic travel health services. That’s where your pharmacy can step in to fill the gap in the market.

Potential services may consist of:

  • Tests for COVID-19 from a private provider
  • Travel health risk evaluations
  • Vaccinations against diseases including meningitis and yellow fever
  • Malaria prevention drugs
  • Products that repel insects
  • In addition to first aid kits and medications for motion sickness and diarrhoea, pharmacies that offer clinics will also stock additional travel-related health items.

How can I do this travel health course for pharmacists?

Sign up today to start this amazing course!


This blog post was written on behalf of Mediapharm by Pharmacy Mentor.