There's no point spending hours choosing your swimwear, beach bag and flip-flops if you barely think about the bugs and other health risks that could ruin your holiday.
Almost one in four UK holidaymakers don't get any vaccinations despite travelling to areas that have life-threatening infectious disease.
If your holiday itinerary is more complicated, for example multiple destinations, dangerous activities, working and living with the local population, or you are away for over one month, we would encourage you to go to a private travel clinic for a "travel risk assessment". They will also be able to provide private vaccinations for Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, and Meningitis ACW and Y. You can still have the free ones here.
In all cases as much notice as possible is requested. Complicated vaccine schedules can take up to 3 months to administer, if you add in waiting times. At Lonsdale, for NHS vaccines, a month's notice is required.
Prepare a kit of travel health essentials, including sunscreen, painkillers, antiseptic, insect repellent and anti-diarrhoea pills. These will be useful wherever you're going.
Sexual health experts advise taking condoms with you to avoid the risk of buying fake brands, which may be unsafe, when you get there.
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There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
|Europe & Russia||North America|
|Central America||South America|
|Middle East||Central Asia|
|East Asia||Australasia and Pacific|