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Injections for travelling - any advice??

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11. Posted by Benito2k (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

I'm trying to decide whether to have Hep B. I really hate injections!

Have already sorted out Tetanus, Polio, and Hep A.

Will be having first Yellow fever next week. Sounds like this is worth getting so we can get the certificate.

I'm just not sure about Hep B. That would be another 3 injections and another £120 odd quid.

We're going to South America for six months. What do people think?

12. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Personally, I am a firm believer in people being protected against Hep B, especially when traveling for extended periods. (Meaning longer than a two-week holiday sunning on some wonderful beach.) Hep B is transmitted by contact with blood and bodily fluids (saliva, semen, etc.). The number of Hep B cases have increased as the number of tattoo parlors and piercing salons have increased worldwide.

Of course, no one wants to experience injuries or illness while they are out exploring new places - but they do happen. Hospitals and clinics have the highest rate of transmission followed by (unprotected) sexual encounters. You have chosen to receive all of the most important vaccinations, including yellow fever for the certificate. I can't think of too many who don't hate taking the jabs, but they are ultimately a small price to pay when you look at the big picture. Protecting one's health should be a top priority when planning a trip. I'm frequently surprised when someone chooses a new sleeping bag over an important vaccination. (Those being Hep A&B, Tetanus, Yellow Fever and Typhoid.)

As t_maia commented on page 1 (to Telli), check with NHS to see if there isn't a cheaper way to receive the injections. Yes, £120 is quite a fee but the immunizations are effective for 10-15 years. That breaks down to less than £12/year for the protection they provide. If you plan to visit endemic areas frequently or for extended periods, following the initial jabs, then a booster every 1-2 years is recommended. Otherwise, you're covered over the long term.

Check out the travel guide page on Hep B. There are links to the CDC and Mayo Clinic:

Travel Guide - Hepatitis B

13. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Anybody tried brewer's yeast tabs?? Awesome for me.

14. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Anybody tried brewer's yeast tabs?? Awesome for me.

Brewer's yeast is great for bolstering your immune system in general but not great protection against Hep B. :)

15. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Hep B (as you mention), or in fact anything really - I totally agree. But against mosquito bites?? Brewer's yeast tabs are just amongst the best.
Why aren't they more openly promoted?? Because 50 of them costs pennies and a jab (that has less effect, generally), costs a small fortune.

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17. Posted by glenlogie (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

And what about typhoid? Is this vaccination recommended for India?

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