Vaccination is quite a hot topic, not only in relation with traveling. It’s up to everyone to fully consider all the pros and cons of getting a travel vaccination or not.
For us, vaccination is the best investment you can make, not just before traveling. Vaccination costs some money, but these costs are insignificant compared to health risks on the way or even after your return.
If you are going to the countries of Southeast Asia, South America or Africa, we recommend not to underestimate anything and learn about mandatory and recommended vaccinations for specific destinations as soon as possible. Vaccination center have up-to-date data about diseases in such countries. In some countries, certain vaccinations are mandatory and they will not let you in without vaccination. Such as in South American countries without yellow fever vaccination.
In advance, ideally a month, two before the trip visit a vaccination center. After an initial consultation, they will schedule you individual vaccination plan according to your journey.
Tetanus as the ultimate foundation
Tetanus is a very serious bacterial infectious disease. Unfortunately in half of the cases with fatal consequences. The bacterium that causes the disease is commonly found in soil and can enter the body through skin injuries. Every country has its own vaccinations conditions and plans. For more info, you should check info on website by official medical authorities of your country and also discuss everything with your GP.
Since we went first to the countries of Southeast Asia, namely through Malaysia to Indonesia to Bali and then to Vietnam and Thailand, we underwent the following vaccinations:
Hepatitis type A, B
If you already have this vaccination from your childhood, it should be active for lifetime. If you do not have hepatitis A or B vaccination from your childhood, you can have a vaccine with a combination of both Hepatitis A and B.
This infectious disease occurs in less developed countries. It’s symptoms are high fever, fatigue, headache and abdominal pain. Vaccination is recommended primarily to Asia, Africa, Central and South America. You get one vaccine that lasts about 3 years.
Rabies vaccination works on a different principle from those described above, in which vaccination should prevent the outbreak of the disease. In the case of rabies, being vaccinated doesn’t mean that you cannot catch rabies. The vaccine and the antibodies you get only prolong the time you have to see a doctor and start treatment, when you have suspicion that you may have rabies infection. For example, if you’ve been bitten by a potentially infected dog or monkey and you aren’t vaccinated, you have just hours to get a vaccine at the medical center. If you’ve already been vaccinated, you have days to see your doctor. So if you’re planning to go to out of way areas, where getting into civilization is not a matter of hours but even days, we definitely recommend to get vaccinated.
Get an international vaccination card
Travel vaccination and health insurance
Health insurance companies may cover some of the vaccination costs. Check the conditions of your insurance company.