Vaccinations in Germany



Most first world countries have efficient health care systems but due to inevitable factors, health risks may still exist. In Germany, there are a number of vaccinations that may be recommended or required for all travellers including expatriates.

Disease Prevention

Tick-borne encephalitis is one disease expats are recommended to be vaccinated against, especially environmentalists who will be exposed to forests or those who will be living in the rural areas. Routine vaccines against influenza, chicken pox, measles, polio, mumps and tetanus should be updated, otherwise, boosters are suggested. Cases of malaria in this country are very low, hence, no vaccinations will be needed. Other recommended vaccines are for Hepatitis A, although a very low rate of cases was recorded all throughout Western Europe recently. All expats who are exposed to blood transfusions and other modes of blood contact may have the Hepatitis B vaccination for maximum safety. Foreigners who will be staying for over six months, HIV testing will be required.    

It is best to consult a travel medicine specialist at least four to six weeks before arrival in Germany. As recommendations and requirements can change from time to time, consulting a professional will ensure that everyone will be arriving with all the right precautions taken.