02.Visit a travel doctor
Visit your GP (or ideally a specialist travel doctor) 6 to 12 weeks before you depart, to allow time for the appropriate vaccinations — some require a series of jabs. The vaccines you need to get will depend on the country and region you’re visiting, and this is where the expert knowledge of a travel doctor comes in handy.
No matter where you’re going, make sure your childhood vaccinations are up to date. This includes tetanus, whooping cough, measles, mumps and rubella.
If you’re over 65, a travel doctor will advise you to get a pneumonia vaccine before travelling overseas. All travellers should consider the influenza vaccine (flu jab) to lessen the chances of getting struck down in a place where medical care is hard to come by.