Infection advice / Travel vaccines
Are you planning a trip outside of the UK? Perhaps you are celebrating with a post exams holiday or venturing on a trip abroad. You may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious infections found in other parts of the world. Infectious diseases found abroad can make you very sick, spoil your holiday or even cause more serious and life threatening side effects. It is important to be vaccinated against serious infections. To check out what vaccinations you require for your overseas trip, click here .
Vaccinations are available to protect you against many travel-related infections, such as yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A. It is also important to remember that many travel related infections are not vaccine preventable, so good all-round hygiene whilst travelling is key. This includes washing your hands often and drinking sealed bottled water in countries with poor water sanitation. Remember to practise safe sex and use condoms when travelling as HIV, hepatitis B and antibiotic resistant STIs are now common in other countries.
In the UK, the childhood vaccination programme protects you against a number of diseases such as tetanus, but it does not cover most of the infectious diseases that are found overseas.
Further information on travel vaccines can be found at NHS Choices .
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