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Vaccination Advice (World Health Organization)

Check with your doctor to see what vaccination injections you require for your chosen destination. Remember, plan to do this at least 6 weeks before you intend to travel! Don't leave it too late!

The protective effect of vaccines takes some time to develop following vaccination. The immune response of the vaccinated individual will become fully effective within a period of time that varies according to the vaccine, the number of doses required and whether the individual has previously been vaccinated against the same disease. For this reason, travellers are advised to consult a travel medicine clinic or personal physician 4–6 weeks before departure if the travel destination is one where exposure to any vaccine-preventable diseases may occur.

Vaccination is the administration of a vaccine to stimulate a protective immune response that will prevent disease in the vaccinated person if contact with the corresponding infectious agent occurs subsequently. Thus vaccination, if successful, results in immunization: the vaccinated person has been immunized. In practice, the terms “vaccination” and “immunization” are often used interchangeably.

Vaccination is a highly effective method of preventing certain infectious diseases. For the individual, and for society in terms of public health, prevention is better and more cost-effective than cure. Vaccines are generally very safe and adverse reactions are uncommon. Routine immunization programmes protect most of the world’s children from a number of infectious diseases that previously claimed millions of lives each year. For travellers, vaccination offers the possibility of avoiding a number of dangerous infections that may be encountered abroad. However, vaccines have not yet been developed against several of the most lifethreatening infections, including malaria and HIV/AIDS.

Despite their success in preventing disease, vaccines do not fully protect 100% of the recipients. The vaccinated traveller should not assume that there is no risk of catching the disease(s) against which he/she has been vaccinated. All additional precautions against infection should be followed carefully, regardless of any vaccines or other medication that have been administered. These same precautions are important in reducing the risk of acquiring diseases for which no vaccines exist.

The protective effect of vaccines takes some time to develop following vaccination. The immune response of the vaccinated individual will become fully effective within a period of time that varies according to the vaccine, the number of doses required and whether the individual has previously been vaccinated against the same disease. For this reason, travellers are advised to consult a travel medicine clinic or personal physician 4–6 weeks before departure if the travel destination is one where exposure to any vaccine-preventable diseases may occur.

For more information visit the World Health Organization website - www.who.int

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