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Travel vaccinations, where to get them?

Humanitarian travelers deploy all over the world where aid is needed most. Often, this means traveling to destinations that have different health profiles. Therefore, it’s essential for humanitarians to get the right travel vaccines before they deploy.

Who should get travel vaccines?

When traveling internationally, humanitarians may need to get vaccines before departure. Your doctor or a travel health clinic should help you to decide on whether you need travel vaccines or not. This can depend on your immunization history, age, overall health, and other factors.

What vaccines do I need?

Which vaccines you will need depends on your destination. Some of the most common travel vaccines protect against diseases such as hepatitis, typhoid fever, rabies, and yellow fever. However, every region has different types of conditions and various levels of exposure. Once again, it’s essential to get advice from a doctor or a travel clinic before you choose the vaccines that you need. Keep in mind that the area you are going to may determine the type of vaccination you need. For instance, treatments for Africa, Middle, and South America, or the Middle East are different.

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Where do I get travel vaccination?

Typically, you will want to get your travel vaccines before leaving home. Depending on your home base, you might be able to obtain them from your primary doctor. Alternatively, your local hospital or clinic may be able t administer travel vaccines.

Frequently, travelers need to go to a travel health clinic to get travel vaccines. The doctors in travel health clinics specialize in providing advice and care for travelers. As such, they are best positioned to provide you with the necessary information on the vaccines needed for each country and region. Also, they may have stock of vaccines that a local clinic might not regularly carry.

If you do not have time to get vaccines before deployment, you might be able to get them upon your arrival. This is generally only recommended if you will stay for a more extended period, as vaccines may have an incubation period.

In any case, you should always check with a healthcare professional before making any decisions on immunization.

When should I get the vaccines?

We know that humanitarians may need to deploy last minute. However, if you know that you are on a deployment roster, it might be a good idea to plan. That’s because it is necessary to administer certain vaccines ahead of time.

Hepatitis A and B

Hepatitis A and B vaccine needs three doses. These must be 30 days apart, with a booster 6-12 months later. It’s best to start the cycle six months before departure. Alternatively, you can get the first two doses before departure and the third one when your return.

Japanese B Encephalitis

This type of vaccines also requires three doses. You’ll need to have them administered on days 0, 7-14 and 28. It takes another month to develop immunity. This means that you’ll need to start the Japanese B Encephalitis vaccine doses two months before traveling.


You will also need three doses of the rabies vaccine. You’ll need to have them administered on days 0, 7, 21-28. This will only protect you for 2-3 years, so you’ll need regular boosters of the rabies vaccines.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis

The tick-borne encephalitis vaccines require two days. You’ll need to have the second dose 1-3 months after the first one. It’s best to start the cycle at least 3-4 months before travel.

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Typhoid fever vaccine is a general requirement for travel. That said, you only need the one doses that will protect you for three years. So, you need to make sure that you are always updated on the typhoid vaccine if you travel regularly.

Yellow Fever

While the yellow fever vaccine only requires one dose, you do need to have it ten days before traveling. This is a live vaccine, so it takes ten days to incubate. Also, there is no longer a need for a booster shot in 10 years. However, you do need to keep your yellow fever vaccine certificate, as it may be an entry requirement for certain countries.

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