Before you get to the fun and relaxation of a holiday, there are a few steps you need to take and be aware of before departing. Paramount among them is knowing the vaccination requirements for your destination. Depending on where you are headed, there are different kinds of vaccinations you may need to get and they often have a significant time period before becoming fully active (6-8 weeks).

If you are in the dark about these procedures and requirements, you may have a hard time getting into the new country without documentation, or proof that you are protected. While you don’t always need vaccinations to travel abroad, it pays to plan ahead and avoid the hardship and hassle of not being fully prepared. Here are some helpful tips to make sure you are ready to go before reaching the airport.

When to get Vaccinated

Prepare for you next holiday abroad by knowing which vaccinations (if any!) you need at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date.

This can be a little tricky to confirm because a lot of the information is dependent on where you are going, how long you are staying and what time of the year it will be. One foolproof way to know when you need to get vaccinated is to check the UK Government’s site with foreign travel advice. There, you will find an alphabetical list of all the countries in the world. Once you definitively know where you will be travelling, visit the site, check the country and click on the “health” section of the page. You’ll see recommendations by government professionals about the vaccinations you may need to get and a timeframe of when to get them, which takes the hassle out of planning. You can get in touch with your GP, ask for an appointment as soon as you can and let them know in advance the jabs you’ll need during the appointment.

How to figure out which ones you need

There is another great resource to use when figuring out if and/or what vaccinations you will need. Check out the National Travel Health Network and Centre for useful information about available healthcare abroad. NHS Choices also does a great job of providing a country-by-country guide to places with reciprocal health care agreements with the UK. They also have great forums and FAQs to answer any further questions you may have about vaccinations and what you’ll need to do before leaving for your holiday.

Vaccinations may not be the most exciting part of planning an international holiday, but they are one of the most important parts. Use the information above and talk to your doctor to make sure you are up to date before jet setting to your destination. Choose travel insurance cover from Cover-More United Kingdom to protect the rest of your holiday from harm so you can let loose and not worry.

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