Sometimes we can take vaccinations for granted in the UK. From birth through to old age, gaining access to a range of necessary vaccines and boosters is relatively easy. From Diphtheria to Tetanus to Polio, we are rarely left wanting.
Should you decide to set foot on foreign soil, however, there is a good chance that you might come into contact with a disease that you aren’t immunised against and that doesn’t come recommended by your GP. Even in Europe, where we can often be led to believe things are much the same as in Britain, there are a number of diseases that travellers should be aware of.
So, where to begin with travel vaccinations? Here’s a handy list of things to consider when planning your next trip abroad:
- Where do intend to travel? – Certain diseases are less common in some countries and more common in others.
- What time of the year are you travelling? – Rainy/ monsoon seasons can significantly increase the likelihood of diseases.
- Where do you plan to stay – In the majority of cases, rural areas pose a higher risk than urban areas. And, in general, a package holiday staying at a hotel is likely to put you at less risk then camping or staying in a hostel.
- How long do you propose to travel for? – Sounds obvious, but the longer your stay in a place, the greater likelihood of being exposed to diseases.
- Age and state of health? – some people, for example the elderly or very young, may be more vulnerable to infection than others. It’s also worth bearing in mind that people with certain pre-existing medical conditions may not be able to receive a vaccination. So, if you do suffer from a medical condition, check this out before you book your trip or it could end up costing both your pocket and your health.
- How do you plan to spend your time? – If you intend to spend the majority of your time outdoors, in rural areas or trekking, this could increase the risk of contracting diseases.
- Will you come into contact with animals? – If you plan to come into close contact with animals, you may be more at risk of getting diseases that are spread by them, such as rabies.
- Are you planning precautions, other than vaccinations? – Even if you receive vaccinations before travelling, it is recommended that you are cautious when abroad in a high-risk area. For example, to avoid yellow fever at all costs, ensure you are armed with insect repellent, a mosquito net at night while you sleep and are more likely to receive a mosquito bite and wear loose fitting, long sleeved clothes when possible.
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What to do next?
The experienced clinicians at Express Travel Clinic can help to make immunisation against a variety of diseases, easy.
Our helpful and friendly team are experts in offering specialist guidance and advice about travel vaccinations, to help remove any worry out of travelling, so instead you can fully enjoy your time abroad.
If you’re not sure whether or not you need a travel vaccine, then why not call us on 0208 993 5889 to find out and we can help take you through the process, step by step.
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