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flying

Flying, whether you work on a plane or are simply travelling for work, can present a number of health issues including jet lag, the risk of deep vein thrombosis and, for those flying a great deal, exposure to cosmic radiation. Find out more about the risks and what you and your employer need to do to manage them.

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  • I have seen a lot of stories in the media about deep vein thrombosis. What is it?  more...
  • Who is at risk of DVT?  more...
  • What are the symptoms of DVT?  more...
  • What can I do to prevent DVT?  more...
  • Is there anything I can do about jet lag?  more...
  • I am a cabin attendant. Am I exposed to cosmic radiation?  more...
  • What should my employer be doing about cosmic radiation?  more...
  • I am a pilot or cabin attendant and I am pregnant. Is my baby at risk from cosmic radiation?  more...

further information

The Civil Aviation Authority's Aviation Health Unit webpages include guidance for medical professionals and frequently asked questions for air passengers.

The Aerospace Medical Association's Health tips for airline travel (PDF, 198KB) is available and you can find other information on health and air flight on the ASMA website.

Guidance on travel health, including flying, is available on the NHS choices website, or by calling NHS 111 for non-emergency medical advice.

The Aviation Health Institute also has online advice.

The radiation web pages of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) include information on air crew and cosmic radiation.

The World Health Organisation website has information on ionising radiation.