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 Sweden
Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Sweden
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 Sweden
Sweden is a country of rich and diverse landscapes, with dense forests, majestic lakes and rolling hills. There are seven major cities in this largest of the Nordic countries, of which the capital, Stockholm, with its 14 islands, is the largest. There’s a certain charm and beauty to Stockholm, with elegant harbours, 57 bridges, excellent shopping, superb restaurants and pretty parks. There is an old town with characteristic cobbled streets and picturesque buildings, as well as a modern city centre with all the tourist amenities you could wish for.
Sweden is a peaceful country, having remained outside of any military alliance, and has not been part of any war since 1815. The North of the country is known as Norrland, and is ideal for adventure sports, being filled with forests, lakes, mountains, rivers and wilderness, perfect for hiking. The central area of Sweden, Svealand, includes Stockholm, while another significant city, Gothenburg, is in the South, known as Götaland.
The best time to visit Sweden will depend on the nature of your trip. For Christmas markets, winter sports and the Northern Lights, November – May is ideal, though check your accommodations options carefully as you may not be able to camp during the winter. The warmer weather and the peak tourist season is during the summer months of June to August.
Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:
- Food and water hygiene
- Insect and animal bite avoidances
- Personal safety
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Sun protection
- Altitude sickness
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in Sweden.
Non Vaccinated Diseases
Additional Health Risks Information for Sweden
In general, Sweden is a very safe country to visit. Petty crime does occur, as with all countries, and the threat from terrorism-related incidents is currently elevated. Be aware of your personal safety and security at all times, particularly when using public transport and in busy cities and tourist areas.
The weather in Sweden can be severe, although the infrastructure of services in the country is designed to withstand this on the whole. There are occasional unavoidable instances of disruption to roads and rail services due to the weather, so it’s always advisable to check local conditions before you travel. Pack suitable clothing and safety equipment for your trip, especially if you plan to walk, trek or ski in remote or mountainous areas. If you’re driving, be aware that road conditions may require you to use winter tyres, and that some routes may be slippery or impassable in extreme weather.
Visitors from other European countries are entitled to state provided medical care, but you should also take out suitable travel insurance to cover repatriation or other treatment if necessary. For those travellers heading to remote areas, bear in mind that it may be difficult to access medical services, or for help to reach you quickly. Carry a first aid kit and essential supplies so that you can self-treat minor ailments or injuries if possible.
Tick-borne encephalitis is endemic in Sweden; consult a travel health specialist to check if a course of the vaccine is needed.