Many of you may think, Do I really need travel vaccinations?
If it's been advised to do so when heading to certain countries, you've been told to by a doctor or there's a current outbreak in your planned destination, then Yes!
Around 8 weeks before your travel date, you will need to start researching and find out which kind of Travel Vaccines are advised for each country you're planning on visiting.
The reasons you have to be so organised are because some vaccinations have to be done weeks apart; enough time has to be left for you to be scheduled in for your appointments and a certain amount of time needs to pass before the vaccine begins to work.
Be aware that you will have to pay for at least quite a few of them which can add up to be very pricey so you need to take this into consideration when you're saving and planning your trip. It would be wise to compare different clinics by checking what they would charge for the vaccinations that you must pay for. Don't let the money put you off booking the appointment, its up to YOU to do the research and see your doctor. It's better to be protected. And once you've had them done, you probably won't have to worry about them for years.
Check out Travel Health Pro for loads of information and to look up any country of choice. https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries
TALK TO A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
First things first, you need to make an appointment with your doctor or at a health clinic. I can't give you medical advice, I can only help as much as I can.
A medical professional will be able to look up your vaccine history and health conditions. They will ask the important and appropriate questions about your upcoming trip. You need to tell them where you're all planning on going, planning on doing and how long for. They can inform you if there is a current outbreak and if you will be at risk of any diseases.
WHAT YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT + DISCUSS
While planning your travel vaccinations, you will need to discuss with your doctor and compare notes about the following. These factors need to be taken into consideration to conclude which travel vaccines you should get.
WHERE YOU'RE GOING
Virus outbreaks and risks are more common in certain parts of the world and differ from place to place. You need to research each destination you're going to and inform your doctor on this information.
I always check the country profile on TravelPro when planning to visit somewhere new!
HOW LONG YOU WILL BE SPENDING THERE
Basically the level of risk is decreased if you're somewhere for a shorter period of time. A two week holiday at a resort is a lot different to a three month trekking trip. Inform your doctor.
I've stayed in the jungles of Borneo
IF YOU WILL BE VISITING RURAL AREAS
You will be more at risk of infection if you're staying in rural areas. If you're planning on spending a lot of time outdoors, camping, jungle trekking, staying in rustic villages -- off the beaten track -- then you may have more of a chance of becoming infected.
LEVEL OF RISK
There may be a current outbreak going on in the country that you need to be aware of. The time of year can also affect the level of risk. Research and discuss with your doctor.
YOUR MEDICAL + HEALTH CONDITIONS
Your current health status, allergies, medical history could all have an affect on which vaccinations you will be advised to or not get.
During my travels, I've encountered and came into contact with a lot of wild and stray animals. I've been chased often but never bitten or scratched (touch wood). I've been lucky but it does happen. If you know you're going to have contact with wild or stray animals then you need to inform your doctor! Rabies is deadly.
Trekking through very rural areas in Myanmar
WHAT YOU MAY HAVE TO BE VACCINATED AGAINST
This is a mosquito-borne illness most commonly found in Africa and South America. Some countries in these continents require evidence that you have had the Yellow Fever Vaccine before entry. Other parts of the world will also ask for evidence if you have visited or passed through infected areas recently.
Check the WHO list for the countries which hold a risk of infection and the ones that require proof of vaccination.
Your proof that you must carry with you will be in the form of a yellow certificate (ICVP) which is given to you at the time of the jab and will be dated, stamped, hold your personal details and state you've been vaccinated for Yellow Fever. Once you've had the vaccine, you won't require a booster for at least 10 years.
The hepatitis A virus is spread by the faeces of someone infected and can be caught by consuming contaminated food/water. So vaccination is especially advised in areas of