Vaccinations For Turkey - Which Vaccines Do I Need?
With UNESCO world heritage such as the archaeological site of Troy and the Göreme National Park, Turkey is steeped in history. However, Turkey is not just for history enthusiasts - its seaside resorts and its lively capital are a magnet for millions of tourists every year.
Before you’re ready to chill out on one of Turkey’s fantastic beaches or visit the world-famous Hagia Sophia you need to consider your travel health. Depending on where and when you are travelling, you may need vaccinations or malaria tablets. Our friendly and experienced travel nurses are happy to help - visit your local Superdrug Travel clinic for advice and vaccinations. The brief guide below will help you understand which vaccines you may need and whether you will be at risk of catching malaria.
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Hepatitis AHepatitis A is caused by a virus. The virus initially causes flu-like symptoms but it can progress and cause an infection of the liver. Hepatitis A is endemic to many countries worldwide, one of which is Turkey. The hep A vaccine is recommended for all travellers going to Turkey and it consists of one injection, which needs to be given at least two weeks prior to travel.
Other Vaccines to Consider
Hepatitis BWidespread immunisation for hepatitis B as a part of the childhood vaccination schedule has led to a significant decline in hepatitis cases in Turkey. However, infection rates continue to be far higher than in the UK. Hepatitis B is transmitted during sex, when sharing needles or in any other scenario which allows blood from an infected person to enter your bloodstream. The vaccination is vital for healthcare workers and everyone who is likely to engage in close contact with the local population. Tourists should avoid getting piercings or tattoos abroad, especially if hygiene standards are not met.
RabiesTurkey is classed as a high risk country for rabies. During your stay, you should avoid contact with stray and domestic animals whenever possible. There is a large number of feral cats and dogs in Turkey, which have not been vaccinated against rabies and which can be carriers of the disease. If you do get bitten or scratched during your stay it is important that you seek medical help immediately, as you may require treatment. The rabies vaccine is highly recommended for travellers who are likely to come in close contact with wildlife or pets. It is also recommended for travellers who will be staying in areas without easy access to medical care.
TetanusTetanus is a bacterial infection which all children in the UK are vaccinated for as a part of the national vaccination schedule. Before you travel you should make sure you have received all necessary boosters to remain protected from tetanus. Your travel nurse will be able to advise you on necessary boosters for all standard vaccinations.
TyphoidTyphoid fever is caused by bacteria and it is transmitted via contaminated foods and water. Typhoid is endemic to Turkey and sporadic outbreaks continue to occur. Your risk of catching typhoid during your holiday depends on where you will be staying and where you will be buying your food and water. If you will have all your meals at major restaurants or hotels, your risk of contracting the disease is very low. If you are planning to travel to remote areas and eat street food from smaller outlets you may need to consider getting vaccinated.
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