Travel Vaccines and Advice for the Middle East

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The Middle East

Planning a trip to the Middle East? Exciting times ahead! The Middle East is a region filled with ancient wonders, diverse cultures, and vibrant landscapes. Now, let’s talk about something important – your health. In this guide, we’ll explore travel vaccines and share some easy tips to make sure your journey is not just amazing but safe too.


The NHS strongly advise specific vaccinations for individuals traveling to the Middle East. These include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and polio.

Additionally, routine vaccinations are also recommended, including measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap), influenza, chickenpox, pneumonia.

In recent years, there have been cases of polio in different areas of the Middle East. It is advised to get vaccinated.

If you are heading to Saudi Arabia for Hajj, you would need proof of meningitis vaccination before you enter.

For certain itineraries, proof of yellow fever vaccination may be necessary.

Refer to the tables below for detailed information on recommended travel vaccinations for East and Southeast Asia:

Hepatitis A Contaminated Food or Water Recommended for all travellers to most regions.
Hepatitis B Contaminated Body Fluids (Sex, needles, etc.) Recommended for all travellers to most regions.
Typhoid Contaminated Food or Water Recommended for all travellers to most regions.
Cholera Contaminated Food or Water May be recommended based on your specific itinerary.
Yellow Fever Mosquito-borne May be recommended based on your specific itinerary.
Japanese Encephalitis Mosquito-borne Recommended in most countries in the region. Highly recommended for specific itineraries.
Rabies Infected Animals Vaccine recommended for long-stay travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.
Polio Infected Animals Generally a routine vaccination. Recommended for some countries in the region.
Meningitis Airborne or Direct Contact Normally, a routine vaccination. Active transmission in some parts of the region. Required for travel for the Hajj
Dengue Fever Mosquito-borne A new dengue fever vaccine called Qdenga® has been licensed in the UK

For more information on the vaccination required to your destination, please click here.

Additional Health Concerns

In the Middle East, there are other health concerns exist that cannot be prevented through vaccinations.

MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) is a serious respiratory illness present in the Arabian Peninsula. Travellers are recommended to wash their hands often and avoid contact with sick individuals. Camels could carry the infection, so be sure to wash your hands after being around them.

Malaria is prevalent in the region, and depending on your specific travel plans, antimalarial medication may be advised. It’s essential to note that antimalarial resistance exists in certain areas, potentially limiting your medication options. Consult a travel health specialist for personalised guidance.

Travellers’ diarrhoea is a common risk, often associated with trying new and exciting cuisines. While culinary exploration is part of the adventure, it’s crucial to ensure safe food preparation. Carrying a travellers’ diarrhoea kit can be beneficial in preventing illness and managing symptoms if they arise.

Consultation With Our Pharmacist

We want to make sure you’re ready for your trip. Our pharmacists can help you with:

Customised Vaccination Plans

Tell us your travel plans, and we’ll suggest the right vaccinations and work with you to make a vaccination plan  for your trip.

Health and Safety Tips

Our experience pharmacist can provide you with advices on staying healthy during your trip, including tips on food safety and general well-being.

Medication and Health Supplies

Find out the medicines and supplies you should bring, and you can buy it at our pharmacy, making it your one-stop-shop for all your travel health needs.

Visit our travel clinic at St Katherine Dock & Wapping to have your free consultation today.

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