Have I Left It Too Late?
Vaccination schedules vary and doctors vary in their level of understanding as to how long it takes to get effective vaccination cover. The immunology experts are often reviewing the “rules” of vaccination and the information disseminates somewhat slowly through the medical community. Travel-Bug makes it its business to have all this information at the fingertips of its staff at all times.
What is fair to say is that after a vaccine course, full cover will be effective about 10 days after the injections. Some diseases have incubation periods longer than this, so you can actually have the vaccine after exposure! It will also take you some time to get to far away places (2-3 days in some cases) where the more exotic diseases exist!
Below is a list of absolute minimum times that we consider vaccination will provide you with some cover. If you stay away a while, your cover will get better with time. If you have had the vaccines before the time is reduced to a day or 2.
|Hepatitis A||Day of departure|
|Hepatitis B||4 days before departure|
|Oral Cholera vax||14 days if you have had it before|
|Yellow fever||Day of departure|
|JE vax||10 days|
|Childhood vaccines||Day of departure (assuming you have had them before)|
|Flu vax||5 days|
Of course, if you are travelling for 2 weeks plus, there is still value in having the vaccines after the cut off date, as it is only the first few days that you would be at risk.
Some of the vaccines (once the full schedule is completed) are for life (eg A, B, Polio, MMR, rabies), so having them late for this trip means you at least are having them in time for your next trip!!!