Vaccines advised to ALL Sri Lanka visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Sri Lanka visitors i The vaccines you need will depend on where in the country you are visiting, how long you will stay and what activities you will undertake during your trip. During your consultation our nurse will advise if you should consider any of the following vaccinations.

There is a risk of Malaria in Sri Lanka. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

NOTE: British travellers should also ensure they have adequate protection from MEASLES, MUMPS and RUBELLA and TUBERCULOSIS, which are normally given as part of the childhood vaccination schedule.

Destination Information for Sri Lanka

The island of Sri Lanka, south of India in the Indian Ocean, is a diverse landscape of rainforest, desert, highlands and beaches. The ancient capital, Anuradhapura, has Buddhist ruins over 2,000 years old. Relics, temples and religious sites abound on this balmy and beautiful island. Sri Lanka’s monasteries and temples are still important places of pilgrimage and devotion.  The island as a whole is also innately spiritual, with festivals and religious celebrations bringing visitors throughout the year.

There’s plenty for tourists to see and do in Sri Lanka, including sporting activities like kite surfing and diving. Visit Bentota beach on the Southwest coast to observe sea turtle hatcheries. Whale and dolphin watching in the Indian Ocean is an opportunity most tourists won’t want to miss. One of the best aspects of Sri Lanka being a relatively small island nation is that distances between sites and attractions are short, meaning you should be able to fit lots into your stay.

The rainy season in Sri Lanka depends on where on the island you are based. The North-East monsoon season is October to January, and the South-West monsoon season is May to July. The climate throughout the country varies quite dramatically, being much cooler in the hills of central Sri Lanka and warmer and drier in the Southern province.

Once you’ve planned your trip, be sure to visit London Travel Clinic for the correct Travel Vaccinations for Sri Lanka. Our travel nurses can provide you with the travel jabs for Sri Lanka. On top of this, they will offer you the travel health information to ensure you enjoy your visit safely.

Learn More

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk

British Embassy

British High Commission Colombo
389, Bauddhaloka Mw, Colombo 7
Sri Lanka

Email: colombo.general@fco.gov.uk

General telephone: +94 11 5390639

Vaccine Information for Sri Lanka

Disease & Source
Vaccination Details
Course
Price
Disease: Hepatitis A
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A single course injection of Havrix Monodose to cover against Hepatitis A
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • A single dose of Hepatyrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Typhoid
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • Typhim Vi, single dose injection
  • Vivotif, 3 capsules
  • Viatim, single dose injection of Hepatitis A & Typhoid combined
Course
1 dose
Price
£60.00
Disease: Hepatitis B
Source: Infected blood and bodily fluids
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A course of three injections of Energix B to cover against Hepatitis B
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Japanese Encephalitis
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

A course of two IXIARO injections over 28 days.

Course
2 doses
Price
£99.00
Disease: Rabies
Source: Animal to person
Vaccination Details

A course of three injections of the vaccine (Rabies BP or Rabipur) will cover against Rabies and is recommended. In the event of possible exposure to Rabies, urgent medical attention should be sought, even in those who have received pre-exposure vaccines.

Course
3 doses
Price
Per Dose ££75.00
Disease: Diphtheria
Source: Person to person
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Tetanus
Source: Puncture wounds, burns and intravenous drug use
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Polio
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Malaria
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

There are a range of different anti-malarial tablets that will be prescribed to travellers based on several factors, including: destination, medical history, family history, current medications, previous problems with anti-malarial tablets, age and pregnancy.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00

Non-Vaccinated Diseases

Disease
Source
Our Advice
Disease: Chikungunya
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: Dengue Fever
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50%+ Deet insect repellent
Disease: Filariasis
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: HIV/AIDS
Source: Bodily Fluids
Our Advice: Use a condom for sex and to never share needles or other injecting equipment (including syringes, spoons and swabs).
Disease: Leptospirosis
Source: Animals to humans
Our Advice: Avoid swallowing flood waters or water from lakes, rivers, and swamps. Avoid wading in flooded areas, especially if you have any cuts or abrasions
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +

Additional Health Risks Information for Sri Lanka

If you’re visiting Sri Lanka, you need to be aware of the potential health risks. You can take steps to prepare yourself by ensuring you have the relevant vaccinations, but there are some diseases present that you will not be able to vaccinate against. Because of this, it is important to avoid being bitten by mosquitos and other insects where possible.

Sri Lanka can be affected by severe weather conditions such as monsoon rains and tropical storms. Check the local weather conditions for your specific destination before your trip, and during your stay to make sure you're dressed appropriately and don’t take any unnecessary risks.

As with anywhere in the world in the current climate, be aware of the potential for violence, crime and other problematic situations. Sri Lanka is generally considered a safe place to travel. However, incidents do occur so you should be vigilant at all times.

Standards of healthcare facilities vary throughout Sri Lanka. Although, it’s worth noting that there are some clinics in Colombo which are targetted towards Sri Lankan tourists, and the quality of care here is better than in more remote areas. Wherever you plan to travel, make sure you have arranged adequate travel insurance for yourself and your belongings, which covers the specific activities you plan to undertake, such as extreme sports.

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