Know before you go: Travel Vaccinations

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Congratulations on your new job and deciding to spend some time working overseas! It is an exciting opportunity to experience life in another country but it can also be a daunting prospect; especially if it is your first time abroad.

There is a lot to know before you go; particularly when it comes to vaccinations.

By Allianz Worldwide Care | April 11, 2017

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Why you need travel vaccinations

Your health really is your wealth, especially when you are working away from family, friends and your usual support network. Depending on where your new job is, there may be illnesses and diseases that your current set of vaccinations don’t cover. If you are moving to a tropical climate there may also be a risk of malaria.

When to get travel vaccinations?

Some vaccinations take 4-6weeks to activate, so make sure to make your appointment well in advance of your travel date.

What do I need to know before getting travel vaccinations?

There are a few things you need to consider when planning your vaccinations:

1) What vaccinations do you currently have?

As many were given to you as a baby this may take some research:

  • Search medical records
  • Ask parents or siblings
  • Check with your family doctor

2) Think about any vaccinations you may have received if you have visited tropical countries on holidays, they may still be active or only require a booster.

An easy way to talk to your doctor is to break existing vaccinations into:

Routine: the vaccinations you may have received as a baby e.g. measles and mumps.

Required: what you know you need for the destination you are travelling to e.g. yellow fever.

Recommended: anything else the doctor recommends for that destination.

What travel vaccinations do I need?

There is a recommendation that everyone traveling to developing, tropical or remote locations have a basic combination of vaccinations to protect from illnesses that may be more prevalent there. These include:

  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid

Required vaccinations depend on the country you are travelling to. The World Health Organisation provide a comprehensive list of countries and the compulsory vaccines on their website. If you are travelling from or to a country with yellow fever you will need certification to show you have been vaccinated to enter. The table below contains recommended and required vaccines as well as whether malaria medication is needed, for some of the most common destinations for expat employment:

Country

Vaccinations

Malaria Medication

China

Tetanus

Hepatitis A

Typhoid

Yellow fever certification

W.H.O. report malaria transmission in this country in certain areas. Consult your doctor.

India

Tetanus

Hepatitis A

Typhoid

Poliomyelitis

Yellow fever certification

Yes

Malaysia

Tetanus

Hepatitis A

Typhoid

Yellow fever certification

Yes

South Africa

Tetanus

Hepatitis A

Typhoid

W.H.O. report malaria transmission in this country in certain areas. Consult your doctor.

Qatar

Tetanus

Hepatitis A

Typhoid

No

UAE

Tetanus

Hepatitis A

W.H.O. report malaria transmission in this country in certain areas. Consult your doctor.

 

Your health while you are away: international health insurance

Vaccinations are very successful at preventing many illnesses. However the World Health Organisation say they rarely protect 100% of recipients so it is still important to avoid situations that put you at high risk, like consuming potentially contaminated food or water.

If you do become unwell while abroad make sure you can access the best possible care with comprehensive international health insurance. We have a range of policies that are likely to meet your needs get in touch, if you have any questions. We would love to answer them.