I rarely get vaccinations but as regular readers of this blog know, I recently had a Hep A vaccination for my trip to Asia. I have not had a vaccination for 15 years as I am deeply sceptical about them. I got it this time, not because you can die because of Hep A but because you get very sick and I wouldn´t be able to work which is my prime travel objective, or look after my kids upon my return.Several months before you leave it is a good idea visit your family doctor, practice nurse or travel clinic to discuss vaccinations. Make sure you ask lots of questions and don´t be sucked in by fear-based answers. Medical practitioners may often have to say things officially for insurance purposes. Follow commonsense, research, read books, speak to different health practitioners and weigh up what you are willing to risk.
If you do get one, ask for a vaccination card and keep a copy of it at home when you travel. A good idea is to put the card in the cover of your passport or other essential item that you always take with you anywhere.
Ouch, Doc, be careful with that needle!