Preventing illness – Get vaccinated with travel

If you are planning to travel abroad, be prepared to have the necessary medicines to ensure that your holidays are not destroyed by virus or parasite. Different countries have different requirements, so it's important to check with government sites in both the United Kingdom and your country of destination.

Design well

Organizing a series of injections can take much longer than you think. It is important to contact a doctor if your destination requires a large number of different types of vaccinations. this will ensure that you get 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. You should therefore allow yourself at least nine weeks before traveling to work out the necessary vaccinations.

In addition, trying to host a long list of vaccinations at the last minute can make you feel sick and tired. Even without the delay period or adverse interactions, vaccinations can still have mild side effects and may require several visits to your doctor.

Possible vaccines to consider

According to the BBC Health website, there are several vaccinations to keep in mind when planning your trip abroad. Here's a list of possible injections, tablets and drops to keep in mind:

o Typhoid: This vaccination is recommended for travelers in areas where food and water standards are lower than in the United Kingdom.

Malaria: A parasitic infection passed by mosquitoes. Ask your pharmacist which tablets would be best for your condition.

o Diptheria: If you live in a developing country, you may need a commemorative shot

o Yellow fever: If you are traveling to parts of Africa and South America, you will need to produce a vaccination certificate if you are trying to enter these countries

Cholera: A bacterial infection that can be prevented by vaccination and good hygiene. Be skeptical about food and drink in developing countries.

Hepatitis B: This vaccination is recommended for those involved in health care or those who plan to live in another country for a long time. Avoid sharing needles and having unprotected sex

Protect yourself

Remember, this is not an exhaustive list. It is important to talk to a healthcare professional about your particular health and travel vaccination needs.