West Nile virus (WNV) is spread by mosquitoes in many countries. There are usually no symptoms, although some people develop mild flu-like symptoms, nausea and skin rash. The virus is not contagious and should get better without any treatment.
Travel Vaccinations for Germany
Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Germany
A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.
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Destination Information for Germany
The Western European country of Germany has many facets to its landscape, history and culture. It is a large country, and has areas of forest, mountain ranges and beaches, as well as plenty of large, cosmopolitan cities. For tourists, Germany truly has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a fast-paced city break, a rural getaway or a week on the beach.
The country has a rather complex and troubled history which extends much further back than Hitler and the two World Wars. Germany was split into hundreds of mini-states from as early as the middle ages, and unification only really began at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Following political and international struggles, Germany has been united in peace since 1990, a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the communist regime.
Visitors to Germany will find plenty of museums and monuments in cities such as Berlin, Cologne, Munich and Hamburg, providing more context and information about the country’s history, along with stunning architecture and world-class shopping, restaurants, galleries and more. If you’re heading for a more rural destination, there are the Bavarian Alps, the Rhine Valley and the scenic Romantic Road. For fans of hiking, mountain biking and trekking, Germany is ideal.
Measles in Germany
The ongoing measles outbreak in Germany is beginning to wind down in places.
During the first 5 months of 2015, a total of 2,203 cases were recorded. The worst affected area is Berlin with 1,141 cases; followed by: Sachsen 268 cases, Thüringen 168 cases, Baden-Württemberg 108 cases and Bayern 106 cases.
The situation is improving in Berlin as 12 new infections were reported in the last week compared to 156 in epidemiological week 12, in March 2015.
Advice for Travellers
It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months. Unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in Germany.
Non Vaccinated Diseases
Additional Health Risks Information for Germany
Whether you’re heading to Germany to explore the varied and interesting towns and cities, or to get away in the hills and mountains with some cycling or trekking, it’s important to be prepared and pack accordingly for your trip. Take the usual precautions regarding your personal health and safety, including being careful about what you eat and drink, and keeping your belongings on your person when possible. As with many European destinations, the threat from terrorism-related incidents is extremely high at the current time. Although most trips to the country pass trouble-free, visitors should be vigilant, especially in busy tourist areas and when using public transport.
Make sure that your travel insurance covers you for any sporting activities you plan on doing, including cycling, climbing and trekking, and that it includes repatriation if necessary. Tourists from other EU countries are entitled to emergency medical treatment with an EHIC – European Health Insurance Card, but this doesn’t include routine or ongoing care. If you’re spending time in the Alps, be aware of lower temperatures and higher altitude, and allow yourself time to acclimatise properly. Make sure you know the symptoms of altitude sickness and what to do if you suspect you or a fellow traveller may be suffering from this. Tick-borne encephalitis is endemic in Germany; consult a travel health specialist to check if a course of the vaccine is needed.
Crime levels in Germany are similar to those in the UK. You may be asked to produce ID if stopped by the police, although it is not a legal requirement to carry your passport with you. Be aware that unlike in the UK it is illegal to cross the road at a pedestrian crossing unless the light is showing as safe to do so. You risk a fine if you cross while the light is red.