If you plan to travel abroad, be prepared to have the necessary medication to ensure that your holiday is not ruined by a virus or parasite. Different countries have different requirements, so it is important to check with government websites of both the UK and your country of destination.
Arranging a course of injections can take a lot longer than you may think. It’s important to contact a doctor if your destination requires a large number of different types of vaccinations; this will ensure that you take them at the right time and in the right order.
It is important to start early because vaccinations often have a latency period before they are effective. For example, a Hepatitis B vaccination requires 6 months. For this reason you should allow yourself at least nine weeks before you travel to get the necessary vaccinations sorted out.
In addition, trying to accommodate a long list of vaccinations at the last minute can make you feel ill and tired. Even without the latency period or adverse interactions, vaccinations still often carry mild side effects and may require several visits to your physician.
Possible Vaccinations to Consider
According to the BBC Health Website, there are a number of vaccinations to consider when planning your trip abroad. Here is a list of possible injections, tablets and drops to consider:
o Typhoid: This vaccination is recommended for those travelling to areas where standards of food and water are lower than in the UK
o Malaria: A parasitic infection passed by mosquitoes. Ask your pharmacist which tablets would be most appropriate for your situation.
o Diptheria: If you are staying in a developing country, you may need a booster shot
o Yellow Fever: If travelling in parts of Africa and South America, you will need to produce a vaccination certificate if you’re trying to enter these countries
o Cholera: A bacterial infection that can be prevented through vaccination and good hygiene. Be wary of food and drink in these developing countries.
o Hepatitis B: This vaccination is recommended to those involved in healthcare or those planning to live in another country for a long period of time. Avoid sharing needles and having unprotected sex
Remember, this is not a comprehensive list. It is important to talk with a healthcare professional about what your specific needs are In terms of your own health and your travel vaccination.