Vaccinations before going abroad

Going abroad on vacation or expatriation is an adventure to be taken seriously. Chances are, your host country will have different sanitary conditions to those you’re used to! The health crisis with the Coronavirus epidemic has come and gone, and you’ll need to be vaccinated to travel to certain countries, and have health insurance for abroad.

Here’s a short guide to leaving with peace of mind.

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Anticipate and inform yourself

It’s important to be well informed before you leave. The best thing to do is to consult your GP, who will be able to advise you appropriately in terms of vaccinations and general health. But above all, it’s important to do this as soon as you know your destination, so that you can prepare for the trip without stress. Some vaccines require several injections (e.g. rabies) and will take longer to administer.

Up-to-date vaccinations

In France, and in many other countries, it is compulsory to be up to date with the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, polio) vaccine . To find out if you are, simply consult your vaccination record.

Which vaccines are mandatory?

There are two categories of vaccines: mandatory and recommended. Compulsory and recommended vaccines vary from country to country. All you need to do is ask around, or ask your doctor. Vaccination against Covid-19 will be compulsory in some countries, such as Australia.

Where to get vaccinated

If your vaccinations are not up to date, your GP can prescribe them. However, for certain vaccines, such as yellow fever, you need to go to a government-approved center.

With all these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your adventure abroad to the full. But don’t forget your international travel or expatriate insurance!

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