Which vaccinations do I need to travel abroad?

You don’t always need vaccinations to travel abroad. If you do, the recommended vaccinations will vary, depending on:

  • which country you’re visiting and, in some cases, which part of the country
  • the season or time of year when you’ll be travelling, for example the rainy season
  • whether you’ll be staying in a rural area or an urban or developed area
  • what you’ll be doing during your stay, such as working in or visiting rural areas
  • how long you’ll be staying
  • your age and health

Plan ahead

Get advice about vaccinations at least eight weeks before you’re due to travel. If you do need new vaccinations, some jabs need to be given well in advance so that they can work properly.

You also need to make sure your existing vaccinations for the UK are up to date, such as polio and tetanus. If they’re not, you can arrange booster jabs.

Where to get advice and information

See your GP or practice nurse for advice about travel vaccinations. They can also tell you about protecting yourself from malaria.

Find out more detailed information about travel vaccinations, including those available on the NHS and those you have to pay for.

The NHS Fit for Travel website has vaccination information for every country in the world.

MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) can help you find your nearest private travel health clinic.

NaTHNaC (National Travel Health Network and Centre) can help you find a yellow fever vaccination centre.

Read the answers to more questions about travel health.

Further information:

Travel health

A simple guide to health precautions when travelling abroad, including vaccinations, taking condoms and a first aid kit, and being careful about drinking water.

Media last reviewed: 02/10/2013

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