The first step in organising a trip overseas might be booking your flights or accommodation, but for many countries your doctor might advise you to get properly vaccinated for certain diseases as well.
The issue with vaccinations is that some of them can take time to become effective. Others have to be administered over the course of several weeks.
In order to minimise your risk of contracting a disease on your trip, you therefore need to start thinking about vaccination sooner rather than later in order to get it organised in time.
Some countries may also require travellers to take anti-mosquito or even specifically anti-malarial precautions as well.
Starling Safety now includes all the recommended vaccinations for travellers heading to 196 countries to help you plan what you need before you get on the plane.
You can find the details under the Health Risks section of each country report.
Once you have an idea what you might need to arrange before your trip, you can contact a healthcare professional for further guidance and to find out where to obtain the relevant treatment.
The Health Risks section includes information on healthcare quality in the country, as well as whether or not you can safely drink the local tap water.
It also states the prevalence of a host of diseases, including Yellow Fever, Zika Virus and Ebola, as well as some of the more common ailments such as Dengue Fever, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid and Rabies.
Finally, the combined factors of disease prevalence and healthcare quality are displayed in our world health risks map (shown above).
To access this wealth of travel health information, you can sign up for free to Starling Safety here.
Safe travels and don’t forget your vaccinations!