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1. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 8y

I have just been reading random RTW posts. Can't see much reference to vaccinations for RTW, so here goes.

Most vaccinations are only 'recommended', however a notable exception is Yellow Fever. Some vaccinations you may opt for require a series of jabs for example, Hepatitis B is a series of 3 injections over 4 weeks. For this reason the immunisation timeline needs to be addressed early on.

There are vaccination 'recommendations' for all countries. A really useful website providing advice for people travelling abroad from the UK, Fit for Travel, comes to you courtesy of the venerable NHS. Just select your destination from either the drop list on the landing page or the interactive map and frighten the life out of yourself.

For those heading to South America, specifically Brazil, you will require a Yellow Fever Vaccination and a Certificate to prove you have been immunised (essential if say, you ever desire to return to the UK and most other countries on the planet). Check for your nearest UK Yellow Fever Vaccination centre at: Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.

Some vaccinations are free, others are not. Some vaccination prices for August 2008: Yellow Fever £45, Rabies £126 (series of 3). Check with your local GP.

A word about Rabies, if you develop rabies, death is almost 100% certain.

Something/s to think about in the planning stages.

Then there's the malaria tablets.....

2. Posted by nics26 (Budding Member 55 posts) 8y

Im so glad you've added this thread cos it was something ive been looking for and was just about to ask!!!!!

Thanks fussy

3. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 8y

Hi nics26
An update, yellow fever actually cost £50.

Malaria tablets; we went for Lariam (you need a prescription) as it is said to be the cheapest, also you take it weekly, we have had two prices one og £56, one of £62. I am going to try the internet.

On a further medical note, if you are planning to take other medicines away, it is advised that you have a letter from your GP about them. I was shocked to be charged £20 for my letter (NHS fee).

Fussy

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

The Traveller's health information thread was started awhile ago in General Talk to also help travelers with some of thier vaccination/medical questions. It contains links to important sites such as WHO, CDC, FCO, among others. Ev (samsara2) comments about her experience with typhoid while in S. America even after receiving the vaccinations.

Also, a good quick source of information about the diseases themselves, series of injections (number needed and timelines) and general references for areas at risk is the TP Wiki Travel Health page. It has quite an extensive list of diseases from which to choose. Presently, only two in the list are not completed - yet.

ps: Good topic Fuzzy!