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Do I need vaccinations?

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide. You should take professional health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. 

For more specific enquiries, please refer to the Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit for the most up-to-date information. You can do this by visiting: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice then selecting the destination you require and finally clicking on ‘health’.  


You should start thinking about whether you need any vaccinations around four to six weeks before you travel, because some vaccines and antimalarial tablets need time to take full effect. The National Travel Health Network and Centre  has a useful interactive map where you can search for the latest travel health advice by country (it may take a little while to load). Many UK GP surgeries also offer a travel clinic where you can book any vaccinations and ask your doctor whether any other medical treatment is required before you go.  Please note there may be a fee for vaccinations. 

Visit our Travel Health page and select your destination to check which vaccines or antimalarials we recommend