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When traveling, you may face some unforseen challenges. That is why it is wise to consult the guarantees offered by your travel insurance: do they cover medical costs in case of accident abroad? Can you rely on travel assistance for repatriation and support if your luggage is stolen? Your insurance agent can provide the answer to these questions. Is there a specific medication prescribed for you or members of your family that you should not forget? Have you planned sufficiently for the duration of your holiday?

VACCINATION MANUAL FOR TRAVELERS

Traveling may expose you to infectious diseases which you can prevent by vaccination. To plan a safe trip and avoid getting sick, it’s better to do your research on your destination health status, advised vaccination and required vaccination before you cross the border.

Dans tous les cas, consultez votre médecin traitant First, consult your doctor at least two months before leaving. He will scheme a vaccination plan depending on your health and age.


Recommended vaccinations


Whatever the destination (including USA, Canada ...), it is recommended for adults to update their vaccinations against:

  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Pertussis
  • Diphtheria (a booster every 10 years to re-stimulate the immune system)

It is particularly important to ensure that children are vaccine uptodate and immune against measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and BCG.


Vaccination per destination

Sud America

CENTRAL AMERICA

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Typhoid
  • Rage (in case of an "adventurous" tour)

SOUTH AMERICA

  • Yellow Fever (Obligatory in Argentina, Chili, Paraguay and Uruguay)
  • Typhoid
  • Meningitis A and C (notably in Brazil, Peru, Chili)

AFRICA

  • Yellow Fever (Obligatory in Libia, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Marocco and South Africa)
  • Meningitis A and C (Tropical Zones : Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Senegal)
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A and C
  • Rage (In case of certain adventures)

Middle East

  • Meningitis
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Typhoid
  • Rage (In case of certain adventures)

ASIA

  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Typhoid*
  • Meningitis A and C (Nepal, Bangladesh, India)

* Strict rules can be observed to prevent typhoid:

  • Practice good personal hygiene. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after using the toilet, after handling animals, after handling raw meat and before preparing food or eating.
  • Take basic precautions to ensure food safety. Wash or peel all raw fruits and vegetables before eating them. Cook all meats (meat, poultry and seafood). Make sure that cooked foods don't come in contact with raw meat or poultry. Consume only pasteurized dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt).
  • Avoid drinking water that could be contaminated. Do not drink untreated surface water.

TIP : All vaccines must be made no later than two months prior to departure. This is indeed the time needed if an immune response should occur. Some vaccines are not recommended for pregnant women.



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

The WHO (World Health Organization) website will keep you abreast of current affairs and health matters at global level.


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