Why Do I Need Travel Vaccinations?
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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 vaccinations from Dermacia travel clinic in Islington. 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.