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Q & A: I am travelling to Egypt for a 2 week holiday, do I need any vaccinations or malaria tablets?

Over the coming weeks I will be posting some common questions that we get asked at the Travel Clinic. This week’s post looks at vaccinations required for travel to Egypt.

Q: I am travelling to Egypt for a 2 week holiday, do I need any vaccinations or malaria tablets?

A: Egypt is becoming an increasingly popular destination for UK travellers. The year round climate makes it the perfect choice for those wanting to escape the UK weather for some guaranteed sunshine all year round. Many people who book a holiday to Egypt do not realise that any vaccinations are required.

The recommended vaccinations for travel to Egypt are Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Protection against food and water-borne diseases such as Polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoid are very important as you could become infected through eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Staying in a 5* hotel does not reduce your risk, as the people preparing your food may live in areas where sanitation is poor and could pass on these diseases whilst preparing your food.  

Malaria tablets are generally not required for Egypt, as malaria is not present in the popular tourist destinations. However, there will still be lots of mosquitoes around, so you should take a good DEET based insect repellent to apply on your skin and help you avoid bites. Book an appointment with your travel clinic, ideally at least 2 weeks before departure, to get your vaccinations and to get further travel health advice on food and water hygiene and mosquito bite avoidance.

Egypt is a high risk destination for traveller’s diarrhoea. Bimuno has been shown to reduce your risk of getting diarrhoea- Available to purchase in clinic.

 

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Posted December 19, 2011
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