Travel Vaccination Guide: Which Shots Do You Need?

When planning a trip, it’s important to prioritize your health and safety by ensuring you are up to date on your travel vaccinations.

While the specific vaccines you need will depend on your destination and personal medical history, this guide provides a comprehensive overview of the most common vaccines recommended for international travel.

Age Considerations:

Age is an important factor to consider when determining which vaccines are necessary for your trip. Some vaccines may have age restrictions or recommendations, while others may require catch-up doses if you haven’t received them.

It’s always best to consult with a travel doctor about your individual needs, especially if you are an older person who has never had vaccine shots.

Vaccine List:


Below is a list of essential vaccines recommended for most travellers. However, keep in mind that there may be additional vaccines recommended depending on your specific itinerary and personal medical history.

  • COVID-19
  • Hepatitis A and/or Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal Disease
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Tetanus
  • Rabies
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)

How to Determine Which Vaccines You Need:

To determine which vaccines are necessary for your specific trip, it’s recommended that you schedule an appointment with a travel doctor at least six weeks before your departure date. During this appointment, the doctor will review your medical history, itinerary, and individual risk factors to determine which vaccines are necessary for your trip.

Making the Decision to Get Vaccinated:

Ultimately, the decision to get vaccinated is a personal one. However, it’s important to note that vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect yourself from potentially life-threatening diseases while travelling. We highly recommend that you listen to the advice of your travel doctor and consider getting all of the recommended vaccines to ensure a safe and healthy trip.

Conclusion: In summary, planning for safe and healthy travel involves careful consideration of your vaccination needs. By consulting with a travel doctor and following their recommendations, you can take the necessary steps to protect your health and enjoy your trip to its fullest potential.

Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.

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