A Short of Protection
It's World Immunisation Week from April 24 - 30, and these pointers on travel vaccination can help you guard against unforeseen health problems.
There are few experiences that are worse than having an exciting trip in an exotic country disrupted by an infection or illness. Getting the right travel vaccination shots before boarding the plane is the most effective way of preventing this.
Although 'immunisation' and 'vaccination' are often used interchangeably, the terms are not synonymous. Immunisation is the process by which a person becomes resistant to a disease and this includes vaccination, which relates to the administration of a vaccine to the body.
Health and travel organisation in many countries recommend vaccinations for a number of preventable travel-related diseases such as hepatitis A and hepatitis B, typhoid fever and malaria. However, different countries present different health risks and this means actual requirements for travel vaccinations can vary greatly.
It's important to bear in mind that most vaccinations take at least a month to become fully effective and in many cases, one or more booster shots are necessary over a period of days or weeks. So, it's absolutely critical to plan well ahead of your travel date to make sure you get maximum protection.
If you're not sure which vaccinations are right for you and your family, check with your doctor, who will talk to you about your travel destination and activities, medical history and current medical conditions before offering a recommendation.
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@ Jackie San