Injections for the World

 We all hate being poked and prodded by medical professionals however, it is a necessary evil in most cases (unless you've been abducted by aliens of course). When it comes to it, unfortunately travelling is no exception. A lot of those adventurous destinations require you to get a few jabs to keep you safe but none of us like getting injections, unless you're weird. Weird is good but in this case I think we can safely say I'll never enjoy it. However, we just have to suck it up and take the pain as it's really important you get these taken care of and organised in advance. Quite a few of them require multiple trips to the nurse in stages to get you completely immunised such as Hepatitis B or Rabies. And when I say advanced, some can take up to 3 months so you want to be really organised. 

My biggest piece of advice - once you've booked a trip is to go straight to see your travel clinic or nurse. Most doctors and hospitals provide this as a service now so utilise it! They will  be able to give you the best advice as recommended by the travel office and book you in for the jabs you need for the countries you're going to. Unfortunately, in the UK we do get charged for certain injections so you need to budget some dollar for that. My doctors only accept cash or cheque which is annoying so double check the payment method when you book in. 

Below I've put a list of the more common vaccinations but PLEASE remember I am not a doctor so check before getting any jabs you may not need or may not be suitable for your personal medical history. Information updates and changes all the time so check before you go and just use my list as a guideline of ones that might be required and a lot of these are only suitable for certain destinations. Those of you traveling fairly comfortably may not need certain jabs if staying in resorts as you're unlikely to come into contact with certain diseases in a protected environment. But for those of you who are trekking through the dense jungle in Laos as I once did, just get everything. You never know when the bottled water will run out and your only option is to boil Mekong water and hope it gets you by. 

Typhoid  - required 2 weeks before travel

Hepatitis A - required 2 weeks before travel

Hepatitis B  - required 2 months before travel 

Tuberculosis - required 3 months before travel 

Rabies - required 1 month before travel 

Cholera - required 2 weeks before travel 

Yellow Fever - required 10 days before travel 

Japanese B Encrphalitis  - required 1 month before travel 

I haven't had Tick-Bourne Encephalitis  & Meningococcal Meningitis so I don't know the time scales so check it out online or with your doctor. Be aware that some of these jabs make you feel a little unwell and flu like afterwards. It can be normal to be unwell but if your nurse or doctor didn't mention it to you give them a call for some advice.  I was fairly under the weather after my typhoid but it cleared up fast. If any medical professionals are reading this let me know if I've missed out anything big!