Travel Vaccinations Limerick
Here at Roxboro Medical Centre, our team of experienced nurses and doctors in Limerick provide a complete range of travel vaccinations. When you are planning a trip overseas, remember to think about your travel health. This should include travel vaccinations you may need, precautions you can take and provisions you need to take with you.
Travel Medicine is an area of medicine that deals with pre-travel preventative care. Helping you enjoy your holiday and adventures happy in the knowledge that you have taken steps to stay safe.
Your Healthy Travel Consultation
When you book your travel medicine consultation with one of our doctors in Limerick, we will help you plan safely. The doctor will go through your travel itinerary with you in detail, checking which countries you are visiting. They will also ask about the areas you are planning to travel to in each country. Areas of the same country can have different risks, so it’s important to take preventative steps for these.
You will be also provided with general travel advice such as the prevention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Deep vein thrombosis is a condition that can affect long-distance travellers but that can be avoided.
Your doctor will also discuss food and water safety along with other possible health risks associated with your trip. Our aim is to ensure that your trip is as safe and enjoyable as possible.
Lastly, your doctor will also discuss what vaccinations and medication you may need, and when you need to get them. Some vaccinations take time to take effect and others require a course of vaccinations over a period of time. Forward planning is essential for travel vaccinations so it is important to book your consultation early.
Travel Vaccination Certificate
If you are looking for travel vaccinations in Limerick look no further than Roxboro Medical Centre. Here at Roxboro Medical Centre, you will receive travel health information and a certificate of immunisation status following your consultation. For some countries, vaccinations are compulsory and so you must take your completed vaccination certificate with you.
You will also be advised regarding the length of effectiveness of each vaccination and advised of any booster vaccines. Booster vaccines are sometimes required to provide lasting immunity for different travel vaccines.
Vaccinations available at Roxboro Medical Centre Limerick:
- Cholera (oral vaccine)
- Diphtheria (usually given in combination with Tetanus)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis (Don’t be fooled by the name, this vaccine is required in many countries)
- Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
- Meningococcal Meningitis (ACYW-135)
- Pertussis (Whooping cough)
- Pneumococcal (PPV23) vaccine
- Poliomyelitis (usually given in combination with Diphtheria/Tetanus)
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Yellow Fever (Roxboro Medical Centre is a certified centre for Yellow Fever Vaccination)
Preventing Illness When Travelling
Travel vaccinations are an essential step in preventative care for anyone travelling to another country. However, they are only one of the measures required to prevent illness while travelling. To stay well and enjoy your trip more, take these preventive steps also:
Avoid Insect Bites
Insect bites can carry a host of diseases with varying impacts on health. Malaria alone, which is transmitted by mosquito bites, accounts for more than 600 thousand deaths per year. Other illnesses spread by insect bites include dengue fever, yellow fever and Japanese Encephalitis.
To avoid insect bites, cover your arms and legs and use a repellent spray or lotion. In areas where malaria is widespread, it is advisable to take anti-malaria tablets and use a bed net at night.
Avoid Dangerous Activities
For the thrill-seeking traveller, we recommend always checking the licence and equipment of an activity provider. Whether it’s bungee jumping or scuba diving that you’re planning, make sure that you book with legitimate providers.
Check Food & Drinks
If you are preparing your own food whilst travelling, always take care when cooking. Foods should be washed with bottled water, peeled and cooked. Unless stated otherwise, it is recommended to stick to drinking bottled water rather than tap water. In remote areas, you may need to boil water before it is safe to drink or brush your teeth.
Wear Proper Gear
If you plan to hike and explore on foot, good footwear is essential. Wearing proper hiking gear will protect your feet from cuts and bites. An important step for avoiding things like tetanus.
Take a Travel First Aid Kit
Even a basic first aid kit can make a difference when travelling. In the unfortunate incident that you do get injured, make sure to clean the area with bottled water. It is not unknown for disease to enter the body through wounds that have been washed with contaminated water. Keep the area clean, covered and waterproof until you can seek professional medical assistance.
For more information about travelling from Ireland to another country, see our Guide To Travel Vaccines.