Why are travel vaccinations important?
Travelling abroad can be one of the best experiences we can ever have. Packing bags, checking on the best places to eat, tourist attractions and the best hotels available and the list goes on… However, there is one important item on our travel to-do list that most of us fail to check on… And that’s travelling vaccination!
Why do we need them?
Getting vaccinations is obviously not one of our favourite things but sometimes travelling abroad involves a lot of risks. The risk of contracting ‘exotic’ diseases while you visit such beautiful exotic destinations is far more. You definitely don’t want to end up in a hotel room vomiting to yourself while others go out and enjoy. Also, in some worse cases the diseases could be even worse posing a threat to your life. You are an easy victim since you do not have an exposure to this bacteria/ virus prior to this and hence no immunity is developed beforehand. This doesn’t mean that there would be some alien virus or tropical flesh eating zombie attacking you but just the commonly existing diseases specifically in that part of the world that you are extremely unlikely to encounter at home.
Who provides such travel vaccinations?
You can visit Travel clinic services provided by many reputed pharmacies like Touchwood Pharmacy. If you stay in or around Northampton or Sydenham, you can visit your nearest Travel Clinic facility. Visit here for more details.
What is the procedure?
A visit to your nearest Travel vaccination clinic will determine what vaccinations and boosters you may need before travel. The clinician will look at your medical history to have a better judgement of what you will need specifically. They will consider the following:
- Your Age
- Previous Vaccinations
- Previous Booster Shots
- Travel Destination
- The time of year you are travelling
All of these elements help determine whether you need certain vaccinations more than others. A few examples of vaccinations you may be required to get before travelling are:
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Typhoid Fever
Another disease that you need to worry about is malaria, however, there is no vaccination for malaria. The clinician will prescribe prophylactic antimalarial medication if you travel to a country where malaria is a common disease.
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