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What vaccinations do I need to travel abroad?

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What vaccinations do I need to travel abroad?
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If you are traveling abroad, the vaccinations you need will depend on which country you are traveling to. You should make an appointment with your doctor, or nurse practitioner, to discuss where you are traveling to, which vaccinations you will need, when you are traveling (what season), and for how long.

Below are some examples of countries for which you will be required to have vaccinations.

  • Thailand - you will usually be advised to have vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, and hepatitis A. You may also be advised to have immunizations for typhoid, tuberculosis, rabies, hepatitis B, and Japanese B encephalitis.
  • Brazil - you will usually be advised to have vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, and yellow fever (mainly for Western Amazonian areas and the Iguacu Falls). You may also need to have vaccinations against typhoid, hepatitis B, rabies and tuberculosis.
  • Japan - as well as ensuring that your UK vaccinations and boosters are up to date, you may be advised to have vaccinations against Japanese B encephalitis and hepatitis B, although they are usually only needed if you are going to be visiting remote areas.
  • Africa - in some areas of the world, such as Africa, there is a risk of catching malaria. See your doctor or pharmacist for advice about malaria tablets.

If possible, you should see your doctor at least three months before you are due to travel. This is because some shots need to be given well in advance in order for them to be work properly.

As well as having any new vaccinations, you should make sure your existing vaccinations, such as polio and tetanus, are up to date and, if necessary, have booster shots.

As a frequent business traveler, I've made it a habit to check with the CDC web page. It provides scads of information by country/region.



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