Travel

Travelling abroad, whether for personal or business reasons, requires organisation and planning. One aspect of this is vaccinations which are particularly important in areas of the world where there are serious diseases.

Vaccination is particularly important for people who are considered at risk for certain diseases such as hepatitis A, malaria and yellow fever.

Obtain advice from a GP or specialist if you suffer from an auto-immune disease, are pregnant/breastfeeding, have any allergies or undergoing chemotherapy.

There are certain countries who insist on people who are visiting the area to have been vaccinated and to have proof of this.

Travel vaccinations

There are several factors to consider before you arrange to have a vaccination or vaccinations. These include:

  • Your age
  • Country (or countries) you are visiting
  • State of health
  • How long you will be visiting
  • The time of year you are travelling
  • Where you are staying
  • Your activities when abroad, e.g. backpacking

Vaccinations are not normally required in Europe and certain other countries, e.g. Australia, but obtain advice from a Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

Types of diseases and vaccinations

Examples of these include:

  • Cholera
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • TB
  • Typhoid fever
  • Yellow fever

Some people experience mild flu-like symptoms after having a vaccination but these soon ease.