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Vaccinations Required: where to look?

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When you go abroad, especially in risk areas of Asia, Africa and South America, it is advisable to inquire about required vaccines to prevent serious problems on the spot.

required vaccines

Check in your health record if you’ve done your vaccinations for DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and polio), pertussis, rubella for women, possibly measles and hepatitis B.

Many countries, however, require supplementary immunization, particularly against diseases known as “tropical”. For vaccination requirements for the country you are visiting, it should reconcile information from multiple stakeholders. Firstly, see the country profiles of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then feel free to contact the embassy or consulate of the country concerned for their recommendations. Finally, there is one last source of information from the Pasteur Institute, your GP or vaccination center.

Vaccinations against tropical diseases should be made ​​in vaccination centers authorized by the Ministry of Health.

The most common vaccinations are yellow fever in Africa and much of South America. The vaccine is valid for 10 years and must be made at least 10 days before departure. Vaccines against hepatitis A and hepatitis B are recommended for countries where sanitation is precarious.

Malaria is a very common disease in Africa and South America. There is no vaccine but it is strongly recommended to follow a preventive treatment that you may be prescribed by your GP.

Attention, keep you informed of the evolution of health in the countries where you want to go.