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Complete Guide to Your Travel Vaccine before Going to a New Place

Complete Guide to Your Travel Vaccine before Going to a New Place


It is a fact that when you plan to visit new countries, then the chances are you will get exposed to various illnesses. There are different ways to stay protected from foreign invaders and this starts with taking travel vaccines.

What Are Travel Vaccinations?

Travel vaccines, also known as travel immunisations, are considered to be shots travelers that you may take before visiting certain areas of the world. This will enable you to protect yourself from serious illnesses. Vaccinations generally work by exposing the body to germs that you should avoid. You cannot get the disease from this vaccine as the bacteria or viruses are severely weakened. Hence, the body responds to this type of vaccination by forming antibodies that protect in case you are exposed to disease in the future. Travel vaccines are safe and effective, and that will protect travelers from bringing home unwanted viruses and diseases.

How Will You Know When You Require Vaccinations?

Travel vaccines can be categorised into three types and these are the following:

  • Routine Vaccines – These are the standard child as well as adult immunisations mainly recommended for the general population.
  • Recommended Vaccines – These travel vaccinations can help you to remain protected in areas where there is an intermediate or higher risk for contracting certain illnesses. They can help to avoid the spread of certain diseases from one place to another.
  • Required Vaccines – The yellow fever vaccine might be needed while traveling to certain places.

Which Travel Vaccines Will You Require?

Go through these vaccine-preventable travel-related diseases that are usually not covered by routine adult vaccinations:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Yellow Fever
  • Typhoid and paratyphoid fever
  • Japanese Encephalitis

If you are searching for a travel clinic in London, you may visit travel clinic locator on the Traveler's Health section of the CDC website. When you talk to a travel specialist, he will provide you with certain recommendations based on the following:

Your Present Health Condition

If you take medications for diabetes, then you should know that certain types of drugs can reduce the effectiveness of the travel vaccinations.

Immunization History

By knowing what past immunisations you have had, this will enable the doctor to know about any routine vaccines that you may require to improve your health condition.


As the risk for certain diseases may differ greatly from one place to another, even within one country, it is essential to know as much about your itinerary as possible. This is quite applicable when you travel with a guide or plan your own visit. When you review your itinerary, make sure you consider the following things:

  • Where you wish to travel including urban or rural areas
  • How long you will be visiting
  • What season you will visit
  • Lodging conditions that include – air conditioning, screened-in house, open-air tents or room
  • Mode of travel
  • Food that you will be consuming
  • Planned activities

Ultimately, you need to decide if you have to visit a private gp in London about the recommended vaccinations. Some people might not receive certain vaccines due to allergy to the components of a vaccine or medical condition.

Where Can You Get Information About Travel Vaccinations?

The traveler's health section of the CDC website provides detailed information about the vaccines recommended or needed for each country, exclusive travel alerts, a travel clinic locator and lots more.


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