Vaccinations in Ireland



Getting sick may be inevitable for an expatriate in any destination.

But staying healthy is still possible, and common illnesses can be avoided by getting the right and recommended vaccinations before your move to the Emerald Isle. Your doctor in your home country can best advise you on what you may need based on your medical history, but it wouldn't hurt to be armed with basic information.

Routine vaccines for diseases such as influenza, chickenpox, tetanus and such are usually already given during a child's first few years of life. But it wouldn't hurt to ensure that you had not missed these vaccines.

Vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B are also recommended. These would help greatly in avoiding any possibility of contracting these diseases by being an adventurous eater, or simply by being a curious expatriate in Ireland.

Vaccination for Hepatitis B greatly apply to those who might be employed in a post that would involve exposure to blood (such as health care workers).

Shots for diphtheria are also recommended for those who wish to travel to the Emerald Isle. The MMR vaccine is also very much important for women of childbearing age who may become pregnant.

There are actually no required vaccinations to enter Ireland, but in the case you're coming from an infected country, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa with yellow fever, it would be best if you get a certificate of yellow fever vaccination.

Be reminded that it is best to get these vaccinations about four to six weeks before your travel to Ireland to allow the vaccine to take effect. Even if you have less than that time before your departure to Ireland, seeing a healthcare provider is still recommended. It wouldn't hurt either to check if your international health insurance in Ireland would be sufficient for your medical needs.