Vaccinations are the bane of anyone’s travel experience. As much as we love a holiday, sometimes we need to make sacrifices to ensure in the bigger picture we’re as safe as possible. This is no truer than in the case of jabs. Let’s explore the best ways to prepare for this unfavorable experience.

  1. Book in advance 

It’s recommended you should get your jabs booked in six to eight weeks before you’re expecting to travel. You’ll have time to acclimatize to the jab during this period, and means you should avoid side-effects of the process during your holiday itself.

It might be useful to give your doctor a rough idea of where it is you intend to travel to well in advance of your appointment. They’ll be able to use this information to provide you with all the detail you’ll need for guaranteeing you’re safe before you head out.

  1. Do your research 

Make sure you know exactly what jabs you’ll need in advance. Yes, your doctor will be able to provide you with a fairly decent rundown of what’s required, but it’s still good for you to look into what vaccination you’re going to need ahead of time.

This includes the potential impact the jabs will have on your health. Read the internet and look for people who’ve had bad experiences with this in the past. This could be particularly important in the case of children. It’s unlikely you’ll go through this yourself, but it’s a good idea to have a rough understanding of the very worst thing which could happen.

  1. How long do jabs last? 

Jabs will vary when it comes to their potency and longevity. It’s good to know how long yours will remain, as it allows you the chance to plan ahead and potentially avoid having to get another one if you’re heading to a similar part of the world in the coming years.

Some of the lengths of vaccination include:

  • Diptheria/Tetanus/Polio – 10 years
  • Rabies – 1-2 years
  • Typhoid – 3 years
  • Yellow Fever – 10 years
  • Hepatitis A – Long term

If you keep these dates in mind, you can avoid heading back to have unnecessary further injections somewhere down the line. Nobody wants to go through that if they don’t have to.

  1. Check your allergies 

Not everyone can rock up and in and instantly get themselves vaccinated. There are a number of people who will be unable to as a result of potential allergic reactions. Again, it’s important to read up ahead of time and find out if you’re one of these people. It could make all the difference when it comes to your eventual trip.

Bear these tips in mind when it comes to your vaccinations. It could and should make a massive difference regarding the ease of your jabs the next time you travel.