Tourism is the fastest growing industry worldwide. With globalization and a faster and cheaper transport network, more travelers are exposed to the risk of unusual diseases for which they may have little immunity and may not be readily diagnosed in their home countries.
The Netcare Umhlanga Travel Clinic offers the modern traveler the latest information on travel vaccines and malaria prophylaxis, treats travel illness, supplies travel medical kits and keeps updated on the latest epidemics and risk factors worldwide (viz. natural disasters, conflict situations etc.)
Each traveler has unique individual needs regarding travel vaccines depending on his destination, duration of visit, occupation (eg. health workers), type of vacation (eg. hiking, adventure trips), medication being taken, allergies, pregnancy etc.
It is therefore important for a proper consultation to be conducted timeously (at least a month before departure) as some vaccines also require booster doses eg. Hepatitis A and B and Rabies.
TRAVEL VACCINE GUIDELINES
1. REQUIRED‚ official / mandatory for certain countries
Is officially required on entering certain countries or when coming from an infected area.
Immunity lasts for 10 years
Must be taken at least 10 days before departure.
No longer recommended unless for special circumstances.
Required for Middle Eastern countries (HAJ), Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of SE Asia.
2. RECOMMENDED‚ for specific countries and healthy travel
If visiting a developing country or if a frequent traveler
Water or food borne disease.
Booster dose after 6‚ 12 months for 10 year immunity.
For all health workers going to live in a developing country for 3 months or more.
Normal dose: 3 injections (0, 1, 6 months ).
Rapid schedule if there are time constraints: 0, 7, 21 days.
Combined hepatitis A and B‚ 3 doses (0, 1, 6 months)
For developing countries. Single dose lasts 3 years.
For high risk travelers eg. elderly, chronic illness
3. ROUTINE‚ childhood immunizations that require boosters
Course of 3 at childhood
Booster dose every 10 years.
Tetanus / whooping cough / diphtheria / polio
Booster every 10 years
For females 18‚ 35 years.
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