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Travel immunisations

Do children need extra immunisations if they are travelling abroad?

Children may need extra immunisations depending on their age, which country you are visiting and how long you plan to stay. You should contact your doctor or a travel clinic at least two months in advance for up-to-date information on the immunisations your child may need.

If you are travelling to an area where there is malaria, your child will need protection. This is one of the most serious health problems in tropical countries. There isn’t an immunisation against malaria, but some anti-malarial drugs can be given to children.

It is essential to do all you can to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. Insect repellent, mosquito nets soaked in repellent and making sure arms and legs are covered between dusk and dawn will all help. Be careful not to use too much repellent on your child’s skin.

We are indebted to Health Promotion England for their help in compiling this section.