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Why You Need Vaccinations When Travelling




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When travelling, there is plenty that you need to organise, one of which is the vaccines that you need and the paperwork to prove that you have had them. But with so much to organise beforehand, why is it vital that you have these? In this article, we will be outlining why you need to make sure you are having these vaccinations before you travel.
It Can Prevent Illnesses 
One of the main reasons why you will need to get a vaccine before you are travelling is because they are designed to prevent you from contracting any illnesses whilst you are travelling. Due to some locations requiring these before you travel, you will need to provide proof of the vaccine when applying for your health insurance policy to make sure that you are protected. This can be used alongside a GHIC to provide access to medical care at a reduced cost for those that need it. 
It Can Protect Those That Are Pregnant Or Have existing Illnesses  
In addition to preventing illnesses for those that are travelling, the vaccines are in place to also provide an additional layer of protection to those that are vulnerable. Whether this is due to a pregnancy or an existing health condition, the vaccine can be administered by an NHS clinic before you leave with a piece of paperwork given to you when you have had the vaccine. This should be carried with you as proof when you are travelling. 
Some Need Proof Of Vaccinations When Travelling 
Some countries will not allow you to enter through security without you providing proof that you have had the vaccine. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you have all the paperwork that you need with you in your suitcase. This can then be shown at the border allowing you to enter their country. This can also be shown to any doctors or even emergency staff should anything happen to you when travelling to show them that you have had all the vaccines that you need to show that you are protected from specific vaccines. 
Some May Need Vaccines When Visiting Here 
Several other countries around the world require you to get a vaccine before you leave. However, there are some vaccines that you can get free on the NHS and others that you cannot. To help you understand the difference, we will be providing you with a list of those free on the NHS and others that you will have to pay for. 
Vaccines free on the NHS: 
  • Hepatitis A 
  • Cholera 
  • Typhoid 
  • Polio 

Vaccines That you will have to pay for: 
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies 
  • Yellow Fever 
  • Tuberculosis 
  • Meningitis 
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Tick-Borne Encephalitis 
All of these should be planned in advance with a certificate printed to show that you have had the ones that you require. 
With this in mind, there is plenty of information online for you to use as a reference to determine which of these jabs that you will need when you are travelling abroad shortly.

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