10 Travel Jabs Before You Go On Holiday

Sometimes you are so busy organising your holiday that you forget one vital thing – your travel vaccinations.

More holidaymakers are heading off on last-minute breaks, which means they do not have enough time to have jabs which may need to be given in two doses weeks or months apart.

If you are travelling to less developed countries, not having travel vaccinations can be dangerous, so it is a good idea to keep up-to-date with travel jabs if there is any chance you might be heading off on holiday, or a last minute break somewhere far flung.

The most common travel jabs you will need are:

  1. Cholera
  2. Diphtheria
  3. Hepatitis A & B
  4. Meningitis
  5. Polio
  6. Rabies
  7. Tetanus
  8. Tick borne encephalitis
  9. Typhoid
  10. Yellow fever.

Malaria is not given by vaccination, but is essential if you are visiting tropical climes where mosquito borne illness is rife – and also take a mosquito net with you.

You will not need all of the above vaccinations, but your tour operator or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website or NHS Choices will list the travel vaccinations needed for the main holiday destinations, so it is advisable to check well in advance if you are planning a holiday or going backpacking.

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Remember, too, that although Europe is generally a safe region to visit, outside cities the infrastructure of some countries is less well developed – illnesses not present in the UK may exist and vaccination is advisable if you are travelling off the beaten track in Europe.

Turkey, for example, is sometimes referred to jokily as a mosquito farm by locals because in rural areas mosquitoes breed quite happily in ditches by the roadside – and you can also get a nice selection of mosquito bites in cities like Athens or the surrounding islands. Egypt, too, is another mosquito magnet, but in the tourist areas the hotel grounds are sprayed daily with Deet.

Plan your travel jabs a few months ahead in case you need two injections a few weeks apart – and always keep up jabs like polio, which needs a booster every 10 years. Your GP practice nurse will be able to advise you when you need to have booster jabs.

Some vaccinations can cause reactions, so discuss this with the nurse or GP who is giving you the injection beforehand.It is always important to run through things carefully prior to travelling to ensure your best health when you travel abroad.

If you don’t get the right travel vaccinations you may become seriously ill with a holiday disease.

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