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Vaccination guide for expats

Planning a move abroad? Dr Sneh Khemka, Medical Director for Bupa International, gives us a brief guide to some of the most commonly required travel vaccinations and medicines for destinations around the world.

If you’re moving outside Western Europe, the United States or Australasia, you should consult a travel medicine clinic or medical practitioner at least four to eight weeks before you go, and preferably earlier if you’re planning long-term travel or overseas work.

If you need to travel at short notice, it’s still worth booking a travel medical consultation even as late as the day before you travel – some vaccinations can still be effective if given at this time.

If you regularly need to travel at short notice, consider booking a general check up with a medical practitioner or clinic, where you can have a review, discuss any possible future travel plans and have any necessary vaccinations.

Vaccines don’t offer total protection against diseases. You should still take the usual precautions to avoid disease – for example, taking measures to prevent mosquito bites in areas with malaria, and avoiding areas of poor sanitation.

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