You might ask “Why do I need travel vaccinations at all?”
There are two reasons why travellers, whether for gap year travel, backpacking or for business trips, need appropriate travel vaccinations.
Travel vaccinations are vital for protecting your health while abroad.
Firstly, and most importantly, protecting your health is essential when travelling overseas. There are many potentially dangerous and even fatal infectious diseases that can be picked up simply by drinking contaminated water, being bitten by an insect or even by standing close to an infected person when they cough or sneeze.
Yellow fever, for example, which is typically found in regions of Africa and South America, is a particularly unpleasant viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes which can, if left untreated, ultimately lead to organ failure and death.
The good news is that yellow fever is entirely preventable if vaccinated against.
It’s a similar story for other dangerous diseases such as typhoid, which is found throughout India, Asia, Africa, Central America and the Middle East in areas where sanitation is poor, Hepititis A, which is widespread in Africa and India and can be contracted from contaminated food, and meningitis which can be transmitted by coughs, sneezes and other close human contact and is found in Africa and Asia.
Many countries will not allow entry without proof of yellow fever vaccination
The second reason why travellers may need travel vaccinations is that many countries, including South Africa, Australia, and most South American destinations, will not permit overseas visitors without proof that they have been vaccinated against yellow fever.
This applies to travellers who may be visiting more than one country in a single trip such as backpackers and gap-year travellers and may be arriving from a country where there is a known risk of yellow fever.
Entry to a country, which enforces this rule, may be denied if the traveller does not possess a valid certificate of yellow fever vaccination.
The World Health Organisation produces a list of the countries which require a yellow fever vaccination certificate at: http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/yellow-fever
Dermacia Travel Clinic can take care of all of your travel vaccination needs.
We are proud to be London’s lowest-cost walk-in travel clinic and can provide more than twenty essential travel vaccinations and antimalarial tablets as well as a wide range of travel healthcare products and medicines. We are also a registered and accredited Yellow Fever Centre.
We offer travellers free consultations with our dedicated and professional travel health advisors and can provide up-to-date advice and information on the recommended course of travel healthcare for your overseas trip.
You can obtain travel health services from Dermacia Travel Clinic by calling in at any time during our opening hours with no prior appointment. Alternatively you can arrange a free consultation at a time to suit you by calling us on 020 7226 2780 or booking online.