Which vaccinations do I need to travel abroad?

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You don't always need vaccinations to travel abroad. If you do, the recommended vaccinations will vary, depending on:

  • which country you're visiting and, in some cases, which part of the country
  • the season or time of year when you'll be travelling (for example, the rainy season)
  • whether you'll be staying in a rural area, or an urban or developed area
  • what you'll be doing during your stay, such as working in or visiting rural areas
  • how long you'll be staying
  • your age and health

Plan ahead

Get advice about vaccinations at least eight weeks before you're due to travel. If you do need new vaccinations, some jabs need to be given well in advance so that they can work properly.

Where to get advice and information

See your doctor or practice nurse for advice about travel vaccinations. They can also tell you about protecting yourself from malaria.

Alternatively, you may be able to visit a private travel vaccination clinic for travel jabs.

Which travel vaccinations do I need?

You don't always need vaccinations if you're travelling abroad. It'll depend on where and when you're travelling and what activities you plan to do.

For up-to-date information on which vaccinations are recommended for different countries, see the following websites:

If you're travelling to an area where malaria is a risk, you'll need to take antimalarial medication, which you can buy at a pharmacy.

If you're pregnant, ideally you should avoid travelling to an area like this. For more information, see Can I take malaria tablets if I'm pregnant?

Where can I get travel vaccinations?

You can get travel vaccinations from:

  • your doctor
  • the practice nurse at your doctor's surgery
  • a specialist travel clinic

If your doctor can't provide the vaccinations you need, they should give you details of your nearest travel clinic.

Your doctor may charge for some travel vaccinations, but the cost will usually be lower than at a private clinic.

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