It’s that time of year when people are in desperate need of a holiday, some time away from their everyday lives. In some countries we want to travel to we sometimes need extra protection in those countries. This is where travel vaccinations come into play. You are able to get your travel vaccinations done in Manchester, at the NHS. There are many diseases that can cause serious harm to our physical health, such as hepatitis A and meningitis. These diseases are mostly common in countries where there is poor sanitation.

Travelling to countries with poor sanitation

When you are going to be travelling in countries with poor sanitation, it’s beneficial to receive your vaccines for extra protection. You should visit your GP before you’re due to travel. This is because some vaccines need to be given in advance to allow your body to develop immunity.

When it comes to being allowed to enter Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj or umrah, you need to have certain vaccinations. When millions of pilgrims from all over the world come to perform hajj & umrah. A large percentage come from low-income countries with minimal access to healthcare. The risk of infectious disease increases dramatically. In addition, Saudi Arabia requires proof of vaccination against certain types of meningitis for people arriving for Hajj and Umrah.

When it comes to your vaccines, they not only protect ourselves and our children, they prevent up to 3 million deaths worldwide every year. However, there are few people who cannot have vaccines. People who’ve had a serious allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine. In addition, people with weakened immune systems for example cancer treatment may not be able to have some vaccines.

Some countries require proof of immunisation for certain infectious diseases before you can legally enter that country. Ask your doctor or travel health clinic if you need of immunisation before you travel.

Where don’t you need your vaccinations

Overall, it all depends on your travel plans. If you’re visiting a big city in the EU, you probably won’t need any jabs at all. If you’re visiting a tropical country, it’s a lot more likely. The NHS advice people visiting foreign countries like Africa and Thailand to get their travel vaccinations in Manchester weeks before they depart, for your own protection.

The NHS fit for travel has a list of vaccine requirements by country. Boosters and certificates are required, along with information on malaria and yellow fever.

There is always a small chance that you can catching something while you’re abroad, whether it’s from food or or an. A visit to your GP or a travel nurse is the best way to find out what you need to do.   

For more information about travel vaccinations or hajj & Umrah immunisation you can visit our services page.

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