Travel vaccinations are a necessary precaution to immunise you against infectious and potentially incurable diseases found overseas. In some situations, proof of vaccination must be provided before entry is permitted and failure to do so can result in quarantine, immunisation or entry being denied. What’s more, depending on your travel insurance, by not receiving your vaccinations for travel, you may be at risk of your policy not paying out should you fall ill.
Travel vaccinations are an effective form of protection that guards you against contracting infectious diseases overseas. Immunisation when travelling will help to keep you safe and healthy throughout your stay. What’s more, vaccinations also help to prevent the spreading of infectious diseases ensuring that when you return from travelling, you don’t pass the infection or disease to friends and family.
Most travel insurance policies do not include travel vaccines and medicines, and only very occasionally will policies offer any form of reimbursement. However, it is prudent to check with your insurance company to determine what is covered by your policy as, by not receiving your vaccinations for travel, you may be at risk of your policy not paying out should you fall ill.
As of March 2018, the exhaustive list of travel vaccinations that require a booster includes; Meningitis, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Twinrix (Hepatitis A & B), Japanese Encephalitis, Diphtheria Tetanus and Polio, Cholera and Rabies (pre- and post-exposure). If you are unsure of your vaccination history, you can schedule an appointment with a travel nurse to learn if you’re immune.
Travelling without the appropriate vaccinations is inadvisable and can have devastating and irreversible consequences. While it is possible to travel without immunisation, in no circumstances is it recommended, and in some cases, particularly severely affected countries require proof of vaccination before entry is permitted.
Babies can and should be vaccinated before travelling overseas. The childhood vaccination programme offers protection against various diseases but doesn't cover many of the infectious diseases found in some tropical countries. Paediatric vaccinations are available for babies and children, and immunisations are frequently cheaper than those required for adults.
Just as the severity of infectious diseases differs, so too does the longevity of vaccinations. While some vaccinations such as Yellow fever and courses of vaccines for example: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Rabies will often provide life-long protection, others, such as Typhoid, Meningitis, Japanese Encephalitis and Cholera will usually require booster shots after a designated period.
Best practice dictates that vaccinations should be sourced a minimum of 4 weeks before travel. This not only grants your body enough time to build up enough tolerance to the disease but also allows for those vaccinations which require multiple doses spread over several weeks. However, vaccines which do not consist of a course such as Diphtheria Tetanus and Polio, and Yellow fever can be given from 7-10 days before travel.
What’s more, in situations where an International Certificate of Vaccination is required before entry is permitted, admittance may be denied until a specific time-frame has elapsed.
Travel vaccinations can vary in cost quite significantly depending on course, dose, and the requirement of an International Certificate of Vaccination. Most vaccinations start at circa £50 per dose, but for paediatric doses, it is often markedly cheaper. You can view a comprehensive price list here, or, to book your vaccine, contact 020 8261 7550.
The necessity of certain vaccinations is dependent on a number of key risk factors, including destination of travel, duration and season of travel, standards of accommodation, food hygiene and sanitation, and traveller behaviour. To identify what level of risk you are likely to face, it can be prudent to book an appointment with a travel nurse who can help advise on the most critical vaccinations to choose.
London Travel Clinic offers same day, evening, and weekend appointments in ten strategically placed locations throughout the Greater London area. No matter your location, you are never too far from London’s travel health experts. You can book vaccines online here, or, for more information, contact 020 8261 7550.