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Travel Vaccinations for Pakistan
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Pakistan
Pakistan is in South Asia and is connected to the Arabian sea. There is such contrast in Pakistan with every kind of geography to see. You can see forests, seas, mountains and deserts. While in Pakistan have a go at trekking or hiking. It’s a real treat. If that’s not for you, why not try horse riding, cycling or just wondering about town shopping to your hearts content. Alternatively pick a restaurant and sit and enjoy the culinary delights that Pakistan has to offer.
Advice for Travellers to all Destinations
The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.
All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.
Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.
Risk of Malaria in Pakistan
Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.
Malaria precautions are advised for travel to Pakistan. There is a risk of malaria in some parts of the country.
Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
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Further Travel Health Advice for Pakistan
Dengue fever precautions should be taken for travel to Pakistan. Dengue fever is caused by mosquito bites from a specific mosquito, which seems to be most active during daylight. There is no medical protection against dengue fever. What you can do is try to avoid mosquito bites and use mosquito repellent and a mosquito net. Our travel nurse will be best able to advise you before you travel.
Some parts of Pakistan are situated higher than 2500m, so depending on where you go, altitude sickness could be a problem. You can obtain altitude sickness medication and practice appropriate acclimatisation and gradual ascents to counter altitude sickness. Don’t forget, its not just your climbing altitude but your sleeping altitude as well that must be considered. Our travel nurse will be able to discuss these with you and offer you the relevant advice.
Pakistan is mostly hot and dry. However, some regions can be different. Check the weather for the period you are travelling, as you will need to pack adequately and take reasonable precautions.
Tap water is variable, sometimes safe, sometimes not. Check with where you are staying or just stick to bottled or filtered water. Don’t forget to also be mindful of foods washed in water and of ice cubes.
Pakistan has lots of different food to try, and contrary to popular belief it isn’t all spicy. If you would like something milder, just ask for it and cooks will generally oblige. This is a Muslim country so please be respectful of the alcohol laws if you don’t want to find yourself in a little bit of trouble.
Lots of different infections can be spread through insect bites, including Malaria and Dengue Fever, which is spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms can include fever, headache and severe joint, bone and muscular pain. Advice for these infections is listed above.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in Pakistan.
Due to changing political situations and some volatile tribal areas, you would be wise to check with your embassy before travelling to Pakistan. Try and stay away from the Afghan border, as it can be dangerous as well as travelling near military convoys or visiting military facilities. Be sensible when travelling here and always put your own safety first.