Why do you need to be vaccinated for travel?

Vaccines are mandatory for travel to particular destinations. For example, if you have passed through an area where yellow fever is known to occur, many countries won't allow you to enter unless you have been properly vaccinated. We are a Designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre. Our Travel Medicine Pharmacists can vaccinate and provide a certificate of proof.

Some places require you to carry an International Certificate of Vaccination to prove that you have been vaccinated against diseases prevalent in the territory.

If you're travelling to an exotic destination, be mindful of the following common illnesses:

  • cholera
  • hepatitis A
  • hepatitis B
  • malaria
  • traveller's diarrhea
  • typhoid fever

Other Diseases travellers may need to be vaccinated against:

  • chicken pox
  • diphtheria
  • European tick-borne encephalitis
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B
  • human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • influenza
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • measles
  • meningococcal disease
  • mumps
  • pertussis (whooping cough)
  • pneumococcal disease
  • poliomyelitis (polio)
  • rabies
  • rubella (German measles)
  • tetanus
  • yellow fever

Should I get the flu shot?

Whether you're travelling or not, consider getting a flu shot. It's important to get this vaccination yearly because the influenza virus changes from year to year.

In addition to your regular flu vaccine, ask us or your doctor about protection against the H1N1 ("swine") flu.

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