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Are you planning a trip abroad? With new diseases and older ones getting more powerful, it is essential to be up to date on all the vaccines for you and your loved ones, especially before your next international trip. Make sure to add your pre-travel vaccinations to your travel checklist.
International travel vaccines are vaccinations recommended before travelling to any foreign country to protect you against any epidemic from your country of origin or your destination.
This step protects against diseases spreading from one country to another. While some countries have a standard list of vaccinations, others require you to bring proof of specific vaccinations before entering or exiting the country.
|FLU (Influenza)||Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (IIV)|
|Polio||Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV), Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV)|
|Shingles||Zostavax (New vaccine known as Shingrix is to be introduced due to the discontinuation of Zostavax due to lawsuits) (Source)|
|Hepatitis A||Biovac A|
|Covid-19||Common Vaccines Available in India:
|Rabies||Human Diploid Cell Vaccine, Purified Vero Cell rabies vaccine (PVRV), Purified Chick-Embryo Cell Magazine (PCEVC), Purified Duck Embryo Vaccine (PDEV)|
|Typhoid||Ty21a (oral) and Vi polysaccharide (parenteral)|
|Tuberculosis||Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG)|
|Japanese Encephalitis (Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Dubai)||JENVAC|
|Malaria (Mostly recommended for Asian countries)||R21 Matrix-M|
|Tick-Borne Encephalitis (Recommended only if you are travelling to a TBE epidemic-infected area like some Asian countries and Europe)||TicoVac 0.5m|
|Yellow Fever (Mostly recommended for South African Countries)||Stamaril (List of Vaccination Centres across India 2023)|
Most countries have a standard vaccination requirement, most of which you must have gotten in childhood. However, with Covid-19 still present in the air, it is essential to be up to date on all your vaccine doses. Before flying off to your destination for the vacation, make sure you have all the approved vaccinations and any country-specific mandatory vaccinations.
You can check with your doctor for any advice regarding your international travel vaccines and medicines, or you can see a Travel Medicine Specialist with the help of the International Society of Travel Medicine. It is vital to get the vaccinations done from trusted and reputed sources that provide proof of immunisation to avoid unexpected problems during your journey.
Before your journey date, contact your doctor for information about what vaccinations you will need for your destination country. Based on that information, book your appointments at least 6 to 8 weeks before to give the vaccine some time to be effective.
As a traveller, you want to have a worry-free vacation that will help you relax. Falling sick during your travel is not on your list of adventures! However, in case you do fall ill, travel insurance helps you in a way that you can go about your journey worry-free and without burning a hole in your pocket.
Here's what your international travel insurance covers when it comes to medical emergencies:
So, even though you are excited about your upcoming journeys, ensure you have all your vaccinations to enjoy a hassle-free holiday and remember to get your travel insurance!