Story behind the app
We were running a busy travel clinic within General Practice with a lot of students registered, travelling all over the world. One of the concerns we had in our travel clinic was that the information we gave our travellers was out of date almost as soon as they had left the clinic. We wanted a way we could keep them updated with important travel and health alerts as they went. Events such as the terrorist attacks in Tunisia, France and Belgium and health outbreaks such as Zika in Central and South America made this even more important and so KnowAsYouGo was created. We then listened to our travellers and tried to anticipate features that they would need - a secure place to store photos of their passport and yellow fever record card in case they lost them, an easy way to contact their travel insurance helpline in an emergency, practical advice on disease prevention etc.
KnowAsYouGo is not meant to replace a visit to your GP or travel clinic but to highlight how important pre travel advice is. Unfortunately GP records may not be complete for vaccinations and so it is important that you hold a complete record of your immunisation history. Our interactive vaccine record card will not only serve as a lifelong record of any vaccinations you may have had but also interacts with specific country advice, highlighting any gaps in your immunisations.
The majority of diseases you may be exposed to when travelling are actually non vaccine preventable and we wanted to make sure that a traveller was aware of any risks in the country they were visiting and how to mitigate them with clear preventive advice.
KnowAsYouGo will help prepare you for your next trip abroad and then keep you updated with any travel or health alerts tailored to your itinerary as well as act as your personal assistant if anything goes wrong.