The Travel Doctor

The Travel Doctor
      

Vaccinations

The vaccinations or "shots" required before you leave on your trip depend on your travel destination(s), the duration of your trip, your style of travelling, your medical history and your age. Your personal preference also plays a role. Vaccines, like people, are not always perfect, so your personal behaviour while away is of great importance.

The most common side effect of vaccination is some local soreness at the injection site. Allergic reactions are rare.
***YOU MUST REMAIN IN THE OFFICE FOR 15 MINUTES AFTER RECEIVING YOUR VACCINATIONS

The following are the inoculations you may have received, with some of their durations of protection in brackets:

  • Cholera (2 years)
  • Hepatitis (1 year; lifetime after a booster)
  • Hepatitis B (life)
  • Influenza (1 year)
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Measles-mumps-rubella (life)
  • Meningococcal meningitis - ACYW-135 (3 years)
  • Rabies (2 years or longer)
  • TB skin test
  • Tetanus-diphtheria-polio (10 years)
  • Tick borne encephalitis
  • Traveller's diarrhea - Dukoral
  • Typhoid fever (3 years)
  • Yellow fever (10 years)

Several shots may be given at the same visit. You will be given an immunization card or booklet containing a record of your shots. Try not to lose it and please bring it with you to any future visits.