The results of skipping or delaying vaccinations can result in the threat of death or diseases. When you are looking to travel to countries outside of the EU it is essential to ensure that you are properly vaccinated. It's recommended that you visit your local GP, pharmacy or travel clinic. 

Women who are pregnant and are not vaccinated can complicate their pregnancy and become vulnerable to diseases.

Diseases you could be prone to if you are not vaccinated:

#1 Polio

Polio is a potentially deadly and crippling disease that is caused by the poliovirus. It is contagious and can spread from person to person. It can infect a person's brain and spinal cord, ultimately leading to paralysis (loss of ability to move). Polio is still a threat in some countries, it prudent to ensure that your child is properly vaccinated. Polio can still be caught in the following countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Consult your local GP or pharmacist before travelling to any of these countries.

#2 Tetanus

Tetanus can cause painful muscle stiffness. It can be fatal, people used to be reminded by being scraped or sliced by metal but today tetanus vaccine is part of a disease-fighting vaccine called DTaP, this provides protection against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (dangerous coughs). 

#3 The Flu

The flu is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus and it infects the nose, throat and lungs. The flu can have various different affects on people depending on the strength of their immune system, health and age.

#4 Hepatitis A & B

Hep A: Hep A is a contagious disease caused to the liver and is transmitted through person to person contact or from contaminated water and food. When travelling to countries outside of the EU it's crucial to have your injections for this.

Hep B: Hep B is a disease that is spread through blood or various bodily fluids. It dangerous for babies, especially. This is because it can spread from an infected mother to her child during birth.

#5 Diphtheria: The vaccine known as DTaP provides protection against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. It's an important vaccination that most babies get when they're young.

For the diseases listed above between both adults and children, it's important to make sure that you are vaccinated before travelling. Our travel clinic at Streatham Pharmacy allows you to walk-in at any time or book an appointment with us online. We will get you the vaccinations that you need so that you can travel safely and enjoy your holidays.

If you are unsure about what you need, please consult your local GP for your medical records. When going for your vaccinations, your local travel clinic will advise the best way for the areas you are travelling to.