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Top 10 Things to Consider When Planning Your Travel Vaccinations

Top 10 Things to Consider When Planning Your Travel Vaccinations


Sitting at home in your vacation is nothing but simply a waste of time. Playing video games, watching movies, reading books can’t suffice the real-time experience that you will get if you choose travelling to a new place. While travelling, we can explore new places, beautiful nature, new people, new culture and sumptuous dishes to pamper our taste buds. But travelling to new countries also poses risk to your health. Various bacteria and viruses get in contact with your body and may cause severe infection. The travel vaccination from a travel vaccination clinic is the ideal solution. Let’s understand the few important things to consider when planning your travel vaccinations.

  1. The country or countries you’re visiting plays a vital role. Some diseases are more common in certain parts of the world and much common in others.
  2. The time of travelling is also important. Few diseases are more common at specific times of the year; mostly during the rainy season.
  3. You’ll be more at risk of getting an infection in rural areas than in urban areas and if you’re camping or staying in hostels, you are more at risk.
  4. The period for which you are staying matters too. The longer your stay, the higher your risk of being exposed to new diseases.
  5. Your age and health are crucial for your immunity. Some people may be more vulnerable to the diseases than others, while some vaccinations can’t be given to people with specific medical conditions.
  6. The chances of infection what you’ll be doing during your stay. For example, whether you’ll be spending your time outdoors, such as working in rural areas or trekking.
  7. If you are working as an aid worker, you might come into contact with more diseases if you’re helping after a natural disaster or working in a refugee camp.
  8. If you’re working in a medical setting; for example, a doctor or nurse may need additional vaccinations.
  9. If you are in contact with animals, you may be more at risk of getting infections spread by animals, like rabies.
  10. If you’re only travelling to countries in North America, northern and central Europe, or Australia, you’re unlikely to need any travel vaccinations. If possible, see your private doctor at least eight weeks before you’re due to travel. Few travel vaccinations required to be given well in advance to allow your body to develop immunity.

Consult Touchwood Pharmacy for travel vaccination and advice. You can book an appointment few weeks before travel or visit us in case of last minute travel plans. We offer comprehensive travel vaccination and disease prevention service within many of our branches in Northampton, South Kent and London.

Travelling abroad? Visit us before the trip so that you come back disease free –