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Italy Travel Health Advice and Vaccinations - Shim Clinic

Vaccinations and disease prophylaxis recommended when travelling to Italy.

All travellers

Make sure you are up-to-date with your routine vaccinations before you travel to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel to Italy. These vaccines include:

Get your Mumps, Measles, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine before going to Italy. These vaccines may have been given during childhood, but over time, your immunity may have weakened, thus making you susceptable to being infected. Immunity testing is available, and if the levels are found to be non protective, then the vaccination should be given.
Get your Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acelluar Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine before going to Italy. During childhood, the Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTP) vaccine may have been given, but over time, your immunity may have weakened. Shim Clinic recommends that every 10 years, you should repeat the adult version, which is the Tdap vaccine.
Get your Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine before going to Italy. Particularly for those who recall never having been infected with Chickenpox in the past. Varicella immunity testing is available. And if levels are found to be not protective, then the vaccination should be given.
Get your Polio vaccine before going to Italy. Although this vaccine may have been given during childhood, but over time, your immunity may have weakened, thus making you susceptable to being infected.
Get your annual Influenza (Flu) vaccine before going to Italy. Every 6 months, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issues new Influenza vaccine composition recommendations. As the recommended composition may change with each season, Shim Clinic recommends that you should keep yourself updated with the latest vaccine.

Most travellers

Get these travel vaccines and medications, because there is a risk of these diseases when visiting Italy

Shim Clinic recommends this vaccine, because you can get Hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Italy, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Some travellers

Shim Clinic recommends these vaccines and medications when travelling to Italy based on, where you are going, how long you are stying, and what you will be doing, and from what country you will be travelling from.

You can get Hepatitis B through sexual contact, contamiated needles, and blood products, so Shim Clinic recommends this vaccine if you might bave sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures in Italy.
Rabies is not a major risk to most travellers to Italy. Shim Clinic recommends rabies vaccine paticularly for these groups:
  • Travellers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for animal bites (such as adventure travel and caving).
  • People who would be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals and researchers).
  • People who are taking long trips, or moving to Italy.
  • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.

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