Forward planning and careful precautions can reduce the risks of health problems during your travel.
- Before travel, check with your doctor if any vaccinations are required for the areas you are travelling to. Try to do this 6 to 8 weeks before you leave, since some vaccination schedules need to be completed over a few weeks.
- Also, you should ensure that all your routine immunisations are up-to-date (such as tetanus, measles, and polio vaccinations).
Apart from the vaccines available in New Zealand, other unusual vaccines that may be required during travel include:
- yellow fever vaccine
- rabies vaccine
- cholera vaccine
- typhoid vaccine.
Immunisation requirements for travellers change from time to time. The following links provide advice for travel to different parts of the world:
- fitfortravel (NHS Scotland)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- WHO (World Health Organisation).
- Travel consultation essentials: for departures and arrivals BPAC December 2015.
- International travel New Zealand Formulary, October 2016.