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Vaccinations in Europe

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Travel to Asia, Australia or South America and, as everyone knows, you need vaccinations against diseases such as malaria and yellow fever. But what about travelling within Europe or only just beyond its borders – do you need any vaccinations then, too?


Within the EU, there are agreements regarding who gets vaccinated for what, so that the inhabitants of all member countries can be assured of travelling safely within Europe’s borders. Among other things, the EU helps fund child vaccinations against diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, meningitis, flu and hepatitis B in member states. Which should make for one less thing to worry about if you’re travelling to, say, Spain, France or Sweden.


However, if you’re planning a trip to someplace like Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey or Morocco, it’s advisable to get vaccinated against hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver that can cause considerable – and lasting – discomfort. Children are not much affected by this virus, but adults become well and truly ill. The best prevention is to get vaccinated against this infection before your trip. 



General information about vaccinations from the GGD (Municipal Health Service), this website is in Dutch:


Published: Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:34

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