By Anton Constantinou
It’s important to stay healthy when travelling abroad and, depending on where you’re going, you may need to get some vaccinations done before your trip. Regardless of your age or lifestyle, there are certain chronic diseases that we all need protection from.
Travel vaccines provide immunity against some of the deadliest infections on the planet, many of which are concentrated in tropical countries. Even if you’re only planning a short trip away, the chances of you falling ill are significantly higher if you haven’t taken precautions.
In this informative world map, we outline the vaccinations needed to visit some of the major business hubs around the world.
It’s recommended that Marrakech-bound business travellers receive vaccinations for hepatitis A typhoid and tetanus. For stays of longer than a month, you’ll also require hepatitis B and rabies jabs.
Put the malaria tablets away. All you’ll need for a short stay in Johannesburg are diphtheria and hepatitis A immunisations. Any longer than a month and it’s worth getting jabs for hepatitis B, rabies, tetanus and typhoid. Please note: a yellow fever certificate is also needed for people who have passed through countries with a high risk of yellow fever transmission.
Diphtheria, hepatitis A, typhoid and tetanus are the main immunisations recommended for Hyderabad. Given the number of mosquitoes in India, it’s advisable to wear long sleeve clothing and use insect repellent. If you’re going to be there for a while, invest in some antimalarial tablets.
Thailand isn’t without its maladies. However, you won’t need any vaccines for Bangkok unless you’re venturing off the beaten path into more rural areas. In which case, hepatitis A and tetanus are needed.
Similar to Hyderabad, Jakarta’s main diseases which require vaccinations are diphtheria, hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid. For long trips, make sure you get a hepatitis B jab too.
Hepatitis A is the main jab you’ll want for a short trip. Further vaccinations worth getting for visits of a month or more include hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, tetanus and typhoid. Insect repellent should do you just fine for warding off mosquitos.
No jabs are needed for a flying visit to Tokyo. But if you’re planning on kicking about for a while, make sure you get immunised for hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis and tick-borne encephalitis, especially if you’re going to be visiting rural areas. Where necessary, wear insect repellent.
Heath professionals recommend vaccinations for diphtheria, hepatitis A and tetanus. Rabies is another disease to look out for on long trips, given the number of stray dogs in Moscow. While the risk of contraction is low, it would be advisable to protect yourself.
Health officials have recently warned against travel to and from South America due to the Zika virus and dengue fever and, as one of the places affected, Buenos Aires carries a risk of infection. Further jabs are needed for hepatitis A and tetanus.
Diphtheria, tetanus and hepatitis A vaccines are a must if you’re heading to São Paulo. Rabies and typhoid jabs are also essential for long trips. The risk of malaria in São Paolo is minimal, by comparison to other more rural parts of Brazil. However, get some antimalarial tablets to be on the safe side.
Regardless of where you’re going in Mexico, hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid jabs are key. While the number of dogs carrying rabies is on the decline, visitors may well come into contact with stray animals in Mexico City. So, if you’re there for any extended length of time, do the sensible thing and book yourself in for a rabies vaccine.
Hepatitis A and tetanus are the principal jabs needed, along with hepatitis B for long stays. However, doctors also suggest a rabies vaccine, as Turkey is a high risk country for the disease.
While no vaccinations are required to enter South Korea’s capital, doctors recommend hepatitis A for a short trip. Hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, rabies and typhoid jabs are crucial for longer visits.
Insect repellent is all you’ll need for a flying visit down under. Yes, Aussie mozzies carry Japanese encephalitis and dengue fever, but unless you’re going to be hanging around open water or marsh land, it’s unlikely that you’ll be affected.