Vaccinations Before Travelling You Need to Consider
What makes Dubai such a special place is its diversity of people. It’s common to meet expatriates from all over the world who come to Dubai for work. With its unique culture and constant growth, Dubai really is a unique place for all foreigners to visit.
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With that being said, it’s always important to do your research about maintaining good health before travelling abroad. Wherever you go around the world, no two environments will be the same.
It’s important to keep your immune system healthy with the right vaccinations and knowledge in regards to protecting your health. So whether you’re entering the UAE or leaving it, here are the essential vaccinations before travelling that worth considering first.
Potential Disease You Need Vaccinations For
1. Hepatitis A
Hepatitis is the most common vaccine most travellers will get, and the one most doctors will recommend. Hepatitis can cause fever, lack of energy, as well as jaundice (yellow skin colour).
Even though fatally is not common in this virus, it can be very troublesome. It is very common to contract it through the consumption of contaminated food and water. Immunization from this vaccination is very safe, and there are low cases of side effects.
2. Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is very similar to hepatitis to hepatitis A in terms of symptoms. However, it is a far more severe and fatal virus. Almost half of all worldwide cases of hepatitis B result in death. With that being said, immunization of hepatitis B is essential to have as it can save your life.
This virus can only be spread through the body fluids of an infected person to another. Most common causes are through sexual intercourse, sharing the same condiments or cups, through sharp syringes and often through an accident.
Typhoid is a common illness in developing countries. The bacterium is the main cause. Those who are most likely to contract it young children, elderly, people who don’t have much travel experience and anyone with a weak immune system.
Typhoid usually results in headaches, fatigue, fever and in some cases, skin rashes. Almost all medical practices offer the immunization for typhoid and must be done at least one week before travelling.
Rabies is a virus that is passed from the bite, scratch or contact of an infected mammal. Most cases usually come from stray dogs. Particularly in countries that have a lot of stray animals, such as Central and South America, Asia and Africa, extra precaution must be taken before entering the country.
The symptoms usually include headache, fatigue, convulsions and may result in death. A three-dose immunization must be given over 3 to 4 weeks before travel.
5. Meningococcal meningitis
A common virus in sub-Saharan Africa, this virus is spread from someone who is already affected. Close contact with the secretions from the nose and throat of a person who is infected is sometimes the primary cause.
This can cause, headaches, fever as well as a stiff neck. This is an extremely serious virus that needs to be treated at first notice as it may result in death or can become permanent. In some countries, this vaccination is a legal requirement.
Tuberculosis is the most common in developing countries. It is spread through the contact of the bacterium from an infected person when they talk, shout, laugh, sing or sneeze. Symptoms will result in fever, weakness and persistent coughing.
Once a person is infected, medical attention is much needed as the virus may cause permanent damage to your lungs and overall health. Those who are inexperienced travellers or have a weak immune system are advised to consult with a doctor regarding the immunization of this virus.
Things to Keep in Mind
- Doctors advice comes first. If you know where you’re going and even aware of what vaccinations to take, make sure the doctor assesses your health first. Their advice is always preferred over your own as they can determine your health and know what vaccinations are most suitable for you.
- Prepare for the unexpected. No matter how much vaccinations you get or how good your health is, anything can happen. You can never be 100% safe in terms of sickness abroad. It may be a good idea to let people know where you are going, as well as carrying a medical or emergency kit. Just in case you feel unwell during the trip.
- Watch out for younger children. If you are travelling with a child or baby, always make sure they are healthy enough to travel and have the necessary vaccinations. It may even be a good idea for your child to get a medical checkup and cleared by a doctor before travelling. As children have weaker immune systems, once they get ill abroad, it can be very tough to manage them.
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The spread and development of vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic herald its near end, but it will not happen overnight. In the meantime, continue to take precautions to protect yourself and others in everyday life and in travel.