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Vaccines When Travelling to the Middle East

Travel to the middle east is an incredibly enriching experience during which humanitarians can learn from different communities and cultures. However, novelty also means that there are some risks. Things are different from what you are used to at home. As such, it is essential to prepare your vaccines when traveling to the Middle East. This includes checking what health precautions you should take including vaccinations. Because of this, we would like to share a list of vaccines when traveling to the Middle East.

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Staying Healthy During Your Travels to the Middle East  

At Raptim, we genuinely care about your well-being while on a mission, so we have put together this list of vaccines that should be considered when traveling to the Middle East. Remember, however, that Raptim is not a healthcare agent, and this list may not be right for every traveler and is not exhaustive. That’s why it is essential that you contact your health provider or local travel clinic at least 4 to 6 weeks before your travels. They can provide you with the specific information on the country you are traveling to in the Middle East and the particular vaccines that you need. If you are going to Africa, you may also refer to our past article on vaccines when traveling to Africa.

List of Vaccines When Travelling to the Middle East

There are about 25 diseases that can be immunized. Vaccines save lives. It’s just that simple. Should you have any questions about traveling to an area where you may be at risk for certain diseases, do not hesitate to contact our travel agents. That said, we also recommend that you always consult your doctor and travel clinic about getting vaccines.

1. Cholera

Caused by a bacteria called Vibrio cholerae, cholera is rare in most of the global North. However, this intestinal infection can be high risk in Africa and South Asia. In the Middle East, the countries that are most exposed to cholera are those facing a lack of stability due to conflict and include Yemen and Syria. Those traveling to areas particularly exposed to cholera may consider a vaccine before their travels as well as other preventative methods such as drinking safe water and washing your hands.

2. DTaP – Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis

It’s likely that you already have received all the necessary doses of this vaccine as a child, but it’s a good idea to double-check with your family doctor. DTaP protects you from diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.

3. Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B

Both of these viral diseases affect the liver. Sometimes they can be a temporary illness that causes fever, fatigue, diarrhea, and jaundice among other symptoms. However, Hepatitis B can become chronic, potentially leading to life-long liver issues. Viruses are spread through contact with contaminated food or water. You can either receive the vaccines for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B separately or a combined vaccine.

4. Meningitis

This is another routine vaccination usually administered at 11 or 12 years of age and followed up with a booster dose at 16. It is possible that you have not received this vaccination or that you need a booster dose. Check with your family doctor or travel clinic to find out whether this may be true. Also, check if this vaccine is necessary for you for the country in the Middle East to which you are traveling.

5. MMR – Mumps, Measles, and Rubella

Around the world, these diseases are widespread. Viruses cause MMR. Most conditions result from becoming infected while traveling and coming in contact with people who have not been immunized. In many countries, MMR is a routine vaccine, which you receive as an infant, but that is not the case in all states. It’s always a good idea to keep a record of whether you have an MMR vaccination and check with your doctor to see if you need to get the vaccine.

6. Typhoid

Typhoid is a bacteria that can live in food and drink. While uncommon in most of the global North, travelers to developing regions are advised to get the vaccine against Typhoid fever as it can be very unpleasant and even dangerous. Usually, you will need to have the vaccine administered at least two weeks before you travel, and booster doses are necessary every two years.

7. Polio

Polio is eradicated in most parts of the world. This is thanks to “herd immunity” in most countries. It is likely that you have already been vaccinated against polio. However, it is always a good idea to check your immunization records to be sure, particularly if you are traveling to Afghanistan or Pakistan.

Did you know Rotarians have played a huge part in eradicating polio by mobilizing and making sure that children received immunization against this disease? Read more about their great work!

8. Rabies

Rabies is most commonly found in animals. A human who is bitten by an infected animal can also get rabies disease. In humans, rabies is almost always fatal. Therefore it’s imperative to get the vaccine against rabies and seek immediate medical help if bitten by an animal. If you are traveling to the Middle East, there are several countries with a high risk of rabies. You can get the vaccine before you go in which case you will need three doses. The vaccine also works after exposure but then requires at least four treatments.

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