How many of us know that European travel can pose a threat to our health? Health risks aren’t normally associated with European travel – we think of quick flights and familiar cultures so assume we’ll be relatively safe on short-haul holidays. However, there are actually several diseases to watch out for, especially if you are not vaccinated.
Stay aware of these key diseases so that you can prepare properly to have a safe and happy holiday.
The good news is that all these diseases are vaccine preventable and can be avoided by organising vaccines before you travel.
Measles – All travellers should ensure that they have had at least 2 doses of vaccinations against measles. This is usually given as a routine vaccination in childhood (MMR vaccine) at 1 year of age, and then again as a pre-school booster
Tick-Borne Encephalitis – vaccination against the disease is available for individuals aged 1 year and above. It requires 2 vaccination 2 weeks apart.
Hepatitis A – A highly effective vaccination is available against Hepatitis A and can be given to children from 1 year of age. Once the schedule of 2 Hepatitis A vaccinations has been given, immunity lasts for 25 years.
Rabies – a vaccine-preventable disease which requires three doses of vaccination to be given prior to departure. Those who have not received the vaccination with potential exposure to rabies require more extensive treatment which is not always accessible.
Fleet Street Clinic is a leading vaccination centre and offers all travel vaccinations at our clinic in the heart of London, Mondays-Fridays. To book travel vaccinations for yourself or your child, call 0207 353 5678 email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Anna Chapman, Travel Nurse at Fleet Street Clinic
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