There are also some vaccines that are recommended if travelling to certain countries and also for certain types of holiday/stay. Vaccinations can protect you against many travel-related infections, such as yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A. Some are available free from your local surgery, including hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera. Other travel vaccines may also be recommended, but may not be free on the NHS.
Find out which travel jabs you need for your destination well before you travel. It’s not worth skipping travel vaccinations. Infectious diseases can make you very sick, spoil your holiday, have long term health effects and may even be fatal.
Information about the vaccines, where and when to have your travel jabs and which ones are free on the NHS and which you will have to pay for is available on the NHS Choices website at: http://www.nhs.uk/Planners/vaccinations/Pages/Travelvaccines.aspx
The Fit for Travel website at http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NathNaC) website at http://www.nathnac.org/travel/index.htm are good sources of health information for travellers and include details of what vaccinations are recommended for specific destinations.
If you’re not sure whether you (or your child) have had all the recommended vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse.