Health

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Holiday-goers 'missing the boat' on travel vaccines

It is important to get your holiday vaccination in good time. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
It is important to get your holiday vaccination in good time. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

LARGE numbers of patients who need to be vaccinated before travelling to exotic locations are leaving it too late.

The Tropical Medical Bureau in Dublin says it is advisable to get your vaccinations four to six weeks before you travel. This is as a precaution to let the body adjust to the vaccinations and in case any side-effects occur.

"During 2013 there were high numbers of patients leaving their vaccinations until the last minute, which is risky," a spokeswoman said.

"However, it is much safer to get them just before you go than not at all. For example, if an individual cannot prove they have received the Yellow Fever vaccine at least 10 days before entry they will be stopped at immigration and will be unable to complete their journey."

Burma in Southeast Asia last year grew significantly in popularity as a destination. The sovereign state is following the same patterns as Thailand did when it became a traveller's choice.

"As with any country trying to develop its tourist trade, the level of health-care facilities and access to English-speaking doctors will be limited.

"Public transport is more geared towards their own population rather that the more posh (translates to 'safe') transport demanded by tourists," the bureau added.

Irish Independent

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