Going on Holiday? 10 Popular Destinations you need Travel Vaccinations for

Travel Vaccinations

Getting your travel vaccinations is an important step to ensuring that you have a happy and healthy, well-deserved break.

When it comes to deciding which travel vaccinations you need, unfortunately, one size does not fit all and your requirements will depend on many factors including location, activities, vaccination history, length and time of stay.

Fortunately, a visit to a local travel clinic will help you understand your options and put you in the best position to start your journey. To help you on your way, we’ve provided an overview of some of the most popular destinations you need vaccinations for below.

 

Visiting Thailand?

With over 16 million tourists travelling to the land of the smiles every year, Thailand is easily one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations. Thailand’s beautiful beaches, mountains and cities brimmed with culture attract all types of holidaymakers and backpackers, making each tourist travel vaccination requirements different.

All travellers

You should be up to date with your Hepatitis A and Tetanus vaccines before travelling to Thailand. Hepatitis A can be contracted through contaminated food or water throughout the country and Tetanus is caught through cuts, burns and wounds with Tetanus spores.

Some travellers

Other vaccinations you should consider when visiting Thailand are Cholera, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies and Typhoid. These vaccinations will depend on your activities planned and whether you are visiting more remote areas.

Risk of malaria

There is a low risk of malaria in common cities such as Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui, see the malaria risk for all of Thailand here.

 

Visiting Cambodia?

Tourism is Cambodia’s second largest source of income, after textiles. With stunning areas such as Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, it’s easy to understand why. Before you embark on your Cambodian adventure, it’s important to make sure your health is protected so that you can make the most of your time in this popular country.

Travel Vaccinations for Cambodia

All travellers

It is recommended that all travellers are vaccinated against Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid.

Some travellers

It is also advised that you protect yourself against Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies, dependent on your activities and itinerary.

Risk of malaria

There is a risk of malaria throughout Cambodia, however, some main regions such as Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap and Tonle Sap have a lower risk. If you are visiting Preah Vihear, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri, it is highly recommended taking anti-malarial tablets. See the risk of malaria map for Cambodia here.

 

Visiting Vietnam?

The national parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Vietnam attract an increasing number of UK tourists every year. Before you explore the historic city of Hoi An or the many islands in Halong Bay, you need to make sure you have all the vaccinations required.

All travellers

The following vaccinations should be considered by anyone visiting Vietnam: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid.

Some travellers

Your GP or nurse will be able to advise whether you need protection against Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis or Rabies.

Risk of malaria

There is low to no risk of malaria in main cities such as Ho Chi Min City and Hanoi. See the risk of malaria map for Vietnam here.

 

Visiting Indonesia

Indonesia’s thousands of islands attract people from all over the world with interests in activities such as trekking, diving and snorkelling, surfing, temples beaches and wildlife. Whether you are visiting to see the great Komodo dragons or hiking Mount Batur, there are travel vaccinations recommended for all travellers.

All travellers

Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid vaccinations or boosters are recommended ahead of visiting Indonesia.

Some travellers

It may also be advised that you protect yourself against Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies.

Risk of malaria

The risk is highest in rural areas in eastern provinces – areas such as Bali and Java present a low risk. See the risk of malaria map for Indonesia here.

 

Visiting India?

Home to some of the world’s most astounding architecture, India is a popular bucket list destination. Unfortunately as with many countries where there are still large amounts of poverty, travelling to India will increase your exposure to several diseases if not appropriately protected.

Travel Vaccinations for India

All travellers

Courses or boosters for Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid are recommended prior to visiting India.

Some travellers

You may wish to consider Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and/or Rabies vaccinations. The need for these vaccines can be discussed with your GP or nurse.

Risk of malaria

There is a low risk of malaria in popular destinations such as New Delhi and the home of the Taj Mahal, Agra. See the risk of malaria in all areas of India here.

 

Visiting China?

China is a hugely popular destination, attracting over 129 million tourists per year. There are some diseases endemic to China, so while your mind may want to ponder on all of the exciting things there are to experience and explore, it’s important not to forget about protecting your health.

All travellers

Regardless of where you visit in China, it is recommended that you protect yourself against Hepatitis A, as this can be contracted through food and water.

Some travellers

Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Tetanus, Tick-borne Encephalitis and Typhoid will be advised for some travellers based on the information they give their GP or nurse.

Risk of malaria

There is a low risk of malaria throughout all of China, therefore, there is not a strong need for anti-malarials, however, you should still take malaria precautions.

 

Visiting Turkey?

Turkey is a popular holiday destination for families and couples, attracting tourists with its cities, history, beaches and balloon-filled skies. A visit to Turkey will be most enjoyed with the reassurance that you’re protected with the recommended vaccinations.

All travellers

It is advised that your Hepatitis A and Tetanus vaccinations are up to date.

Some travellers

You will also need to consult with your GP or nurse whether Hepatitis B and Rabies vaccinations will be necessary based on your travel plans.

Risk of malaria

There is a low risk of malaria in Turkey between May – October and there is a very low risk in the main tourist areas. See the risk of malaria in Turkey here.

 

Visiting Morocco?

Morocco is an attractive destination for tourists looking to escape Europe, but don’t want to travel for too long. With impressive terrain ranging from desert to green valleys, there’s much to explore. Different terrains pose different risks, so before you set off for your exotic vacation, you need to make sure you have all the vaccinations required to stay healthy while you roam.

Travel Vaccinations for Morocco

All travellers

There is a risk of spread of Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid in Morocco – it is recommended all travellers protect themselves against these.

Some travellers

Your GP or nurse may advise that you get your Hepatitis B and Rabies vaccinations in addition to the commonly required vaccines.

Risk of malaria

Malaria is not typically present in Morocco.

 

Visiting South Africa?

South Africa is a place for real adventures. Whether you’re visiting the Winelands, hiking Table Mountain or venturing on a safari, there is much to be experienced. Make sure you can experience South Africa to the fullest by ensuring you are protected for all activities.

All travellers

You should protect yourself against Diphtheria and Hepatitis A before visiting South Africa.

Some travellers

Your GP or nurse will be able to advise whether you will also need Cholera, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Tetanus and Typhoid vaccinations.

Risk of malaria

Malaria is present throughout the year, but particularly in September through to May. If you are visiting low altitude areas, including Kruger National Park, then you should protect yourself with anti-malarials. View the risk of malaria map for South Africa here.

 

Visiting Mexico?

Mexico’s lively towns, Caribbean-like beaches, pyramids and temples and delicious local cuisine make for an idyllic tourist destination. If you are visiting the tropical jungle or are travelling outside of common areas such as Cancun, you may need additional vaccinations to those recommended for all travellers.

Travel Vaccinations for Mexico

All travellers

It’s important to vaccinate yourself against Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid when visiting Mexico.

Some travellers

Diphtheria and Rabies vaccinations are also advised.

Risk of malaria

There is an intermittent presence of malaria in Mexico, but typically the risk is low. View the risk of malaria in Mexico here.

 

Visit a Travel Clinic for Your Vaccinations

Whether you’re visiting one of the popular destinations on our list or are looking forward to taking a much-needed vacation elsewhere, MyHealthcare Clinic can ensure you are in the best position to protect your health while abroad.

We have all of the vaccinations you need under one roof including private travel vaccinations that aren’t easily available. There is no pressure to go ahead with any travel vaccinations – it is completely up to you!

Call us on 020 7099 5555 for a free pre-appointment telephone consultation or visit our travel vaccinations page for more information.

 

See also:
What travel vaccinations do I need for my holiday?
The travel vaccinations not available on the NHS