The approach of the holidays is a perfect opportunity to check your vaccination.
In some countries, a vaccination against yellow fever is required. Therefore, if you plan a journey in some parts of the world, you should inquire about the obligation or not to provide local authorities with a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever.
The vaccination should be done in an approved center ( a travel clinic) at least 10 days before your departure. To remain effective, it must be renewed every ten years.
The prophylactic treatment for malaria
Malaria is a disease transmitted by some mosquito bites, that is prevalent in many parts of the globe.
So far, there is no vaccine against malaria, but doctors may suggest a preventive treatment (chemoprophylaxis). This medication is taken before, during and after the stay in high-risk areas.
It is important to note that this medication does not provide, in any case, a complete protection against malaria. Additional measures against mosquito bites should be taken.
The active molecules differ in endemic areas : consult your doctor on the need and nature of preventive treatment you should take, bases on your destination.
The vaccine against hepatitis A
The vaccine against hepatitis A is often offered to travelers who visit countries where sanitary conditions are not favorable (lack of hygiene, contaminated water etc.).
This vaccine (made in three doses) provides immunity for 10 years. However, before undertaking it, the doctor will likely prescribe a blood test to check if you have not already developed antibodies (sometimes without even knowing it !).
Do not forget tetanus
Tetanus is an infectious bacterial disease that can attack the nervous system.It can occur anywhere on the occasion of a " simple " injury by scratch or by cutting for example, which lets the tetanus bacteria in the body.
Tetanus is difficult to treat but it is fortunately relatively easy to avoid, thanks to vaccination, which must be repeated every 10 years.
Therefore, don't forget to check the date of your last tetanus/diphteria/polio vaccine, especially if you are traveling in developing countries.
In practise :
* At Medicis, the tetanus vaccine can be made immediately by the general practitioner.
* Before making your appointment, ask the doctor whether you should take the product with you or if it is in stock at Medicis.
* if you need to get vaccinated against yellow fever, contact an approved center.