RTW : T-7 Weeks : Jabs

Going on holiday, or even travelling for work for that matter, can be very exciting and most people look forward to going with excitement and enthusiasm. There is, however, one matter that is less exciting – staying healthy whilst travelling.

There are lots of aspects to this and we all have our own personal ways to stay well: getting enough sleep, eating well, staying in safe areas etc. But no one can pre-determine whether you will contract a disease whist away. Fortunately, there is a way we can reduce the risk of catching one of the many serious diseases – jabs.

I have never really considered having jabs for travel mainly because the areas I normally travel to do not need them.

But on this trip I am travelling to India and so I thought I’d better investigate.

Detailed info for each country can be found at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Information specific to what jabs you might need and other travel health-related advise can be found at https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk

From these sites I decided to have the recommended jabs for India…

  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid

I also got Polio as it comes in a combination with c couple of the others and I haven’t ever (AFAIK) had a booster. I will not be travelling into any high-risk areas so I didn’t think I needed any of the optional ones.

I was advised that although I am not travelling into a high risk area for malaria that I should take sensible precautions such as good use of a good mozzy spray etc. Anti-malaria medication can have some unpleasant side-effects so as my risk is low I didn’t think it necessary.

The jabs were administered at the doctors surgery by a travel-specialist nurse. It was 2 injections into the upper are… all quite painless. I had almost no reaction to the jabs in the following days except that the arm in which it was administered felt like it had been punched hard. It all settled down after a few days so nothing to worry about.

So there you are. I am now all jabbed up for travel.

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