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Vaccinations

Every year travellers from the UK become ill whilst overseas due to diseases, bacteria and viruses which can be prevented through adequate vaccinations before departure from the UK. It’s important that you discuss any planned travel with your GP or consultant to ensure you have the correct vaccinations for your destination/s and about any continuing medication like anti-malaria tablets you may need.

Vaccinations may be an entry requirement for some countries, so check with the embassy or online about what injections you might need to have before you travel. If you visit the country without having the correct vaccinations, you may be refused entry past security and customs or required to have the vaccination there and then. It’s never too late to vaccinate yourself against these diseases, but some vaccines require a long time to take effect.

Please note that the guidelines below are not specific to any particular country but an idea of what immunisations to expect when you consult your GP about visiting your destination.

If you’re travelling to Africa:

  • Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain – including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
  • Courses or boosters usually advised:   Hepatitis A.
  • Other vaccines to consider:   Cholera; Diphtheria; Hepatitis B; Rabies; Tetanus; Typhoid.

 

If you’re travelling to Central Asia: (Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan)

  • Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain – including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
  • Courses or boosters usually advised:   Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Rabies; Tetanus; Typhoid; Malaria.
  • Other vaccines to consider:   Cholera; Diphtheria; Polio

 

If you’re travelling to Eastern Asia: (Thailand, China, Japan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia etc)

  • Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain – including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
  • Courses or boosters usually advised: Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Typhoid; Tetanus; Diphtheria; Rabies
  • Other vaccines to consider:   Malaria; Cholera; Japanese Encephalitis; Tick-borne Encephalitis; Polio

If you’re travelling to Australasia & Pacific:

  • Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain – including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
  • Courses or boosters usually advised: Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Typhoid; Tetanus; Diphtheria;
  • Other vaccines to consider:   Malaria; Cholera; Japanese Encephalitis

 

If you’re travelling to the Caribbean:

  • Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain – including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
  • Courses or boosters usually advised: Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Tetanus; Diphtheria.
  • Other vaccines to consider:   Malaria; Cholera; Typhoid; Rabies; Yellow Fever.

 

If you’re travelling to Central America:

  • Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain – including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
  • Courses or boosters usually advised: Hepatitis A; Typhoid; Tetanus; Rabies
  • Other vaccines to consider:   Hepatitis B; Malaria; Diphtheria; Yellow Fever

 

If you’re travelling to elsewhere in Europe or Russia:

  • Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain – including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
  • Courses or boosters usually advised:  Tetanus;
  • Other vaccines to consider:   Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Diphtheria; Rabies; Typhoid; Japanese Encephalitis; Tick-borne Encephalitis;

 

 If you’re travelling to the Middle East:

  • Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain – including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
  • Courses or boosters usually advised: Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Typhoid; Tetanus; Diphtheria; Rabies
  • Other vaccines to consider:   Malaria; Cholera; Polio; Flu; Meningitis

 

If you’re travelling to North America:

  • Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain – including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
  • Courses or boosters usually advised:  Tetanus
  • Other vaccines to consider:   Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Diphtheria; Rabies; Typhoid; Malaria; Cholera; Japanese Encephalitis; Tick-borne Encephalitis; Polio

 

If you’re travelling to South America:

  • Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain – including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
  • Courses or boosters usually advised: Hepatitis A; Tetanus;
  • Other vaccines to consider:   Hepatitis B; Typhoid; Malaria; Diphtheria; Rabies; Yellow Fever

 

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