The doctor’s advice: A holiday in an exotic country? Don’t forget about vaccination!

Before going on a trip, we pay attention to many things: things to put in the suitcase, places we would like to visit, what are the prices in the country we visit etc. It is also important to take care of our health when we travel. There are certain countries and regions, especially exotic ones, where the risk of infectious diseases is very high.

Therefore, before a journey, it’s good to find out more about the potential risks of infection and to consult a doctor. The prophylactic measures recommended by a doctor may include vaccination or administration of certain medicines. 

If you choose to go on a trip in Central Africa or South America, it’s compulsory to get vaccinated against yellow fever.  According to the international standards, the countries from these continents do not allow tourists to cross their borders if they don’t have a certificate proving the vaccination from this infection.

There is a large risk of typhus infection in Tajikistan, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan or India. According to statistics, annually, about 16 million people from these countries become infected with typhus and 300.000 of them die.

Japan, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia is the home of Japanese encephalitis.. The disease affects the nervous system and afterwards causes brain inflammation. About 20% of patients infected with this infection die. Therefore, if you decide to travel to one of these countries, it will be recommended for you to get vaccinated.

The doctors recommend to get vaccinated 4-6 weeks before the departure. You must get vaccinated especially if you want to take a trip to a village, in the woods or to a place where you will be in direct contact with nature.

However, if you feel bad after your trip, don’t hesitate to see a doctor, especially if you experience flu symptoms: fever, persistent diarrhea, vomiting, jaundice and urinary problems, genital or skin infections.