Travelling abroad can require the right
vaccinations for more countries that you’d think.
Vaccines for babies
Many medicines for babies are not tested on infants but are reduced dosages from the adult medicines.
Discuss vaccines with your doctor and make sure he or she knows what your baby’s medical history is in case there is a condition which
makes have jabs inadvisable.
Nowadays, our sprawling families and friends mean that travelling abroad with small children isn’t just about going on exotic holidays.
Visiting granny in Australia or grandpa in Mumbai can be an adventure long before a baby’s first birthday. A lot of basic jabs are already
included in the multiple vaccines babies are advised to have at two, three and four months. Also many babies already get the BCG (against TB infection)either at
birth or if their parents choose, before they are three months old.
Take your baby’s medical book along to the clinic or GP’s surgery if you want to get advice about what else you might need.
Many vaccinations for travelling abroad need to be spread out or need a few weeks to recover from/take effect.
There is some wonderful country-by-country information on www.traveldoctor.co.uk which tells you about adult and child
dosages, how long a jab protects you for, etc.
If you want to find out what you can get via the NHS and what you are likely to have to pay for (even if you have them done at your own
surgery), check out the NHS Direct website.