REVIEW – April 2017

Immunizations for travelling: importance and main travel vaccines

Authors: Marie Kaivo, Ere Raadik, Pilleriin Soodla, Kadri Kõivumägi

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According to The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the number of overnight travels abroad reached 1184 million worldwide in 2015. For comparison, in 1995 the corresponding number was 527 million. Whether we like it or not, travelling involves facing different pathogens. Consulting a medical professional prior to travelling is vital for receiving information about the destination, i.e. necessary safety precautions, vaccinations, potential epidemics. There are efficient vaccines for several vaccine preventable diseases and vaccinating is the best prophylaxis.

This article gives an overview of the most important travel vaccines and recent changes in relevant recommendations.