Vaccinations in Tunisia

 

 

Packing is a comprehensive task, and an expatriate must make sure to have his necessities and creature comforts safely tucked inside his luggage.

But the preparation doesn't stop after the packing. Health risks are present in any expat destination, including Tunisia. Getting the recommended vaccinations before leaving for Tunisia is advised.

Four to six weeks before your scheduled departure for Tunisia, make sure to see your local health practitioner for a checkup, and to get the recommended vaccines.

Routine immunizations like MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus) must be updated. Although these are usually given in a person's first few years of life, it would be a smart move to make sure that you have received them.

A vaccination against Hepatitis A is now also commonly given to younger children as part of their routine immunizations, but this was not the case in earlier years, so adults are recommended to get vaccinated against it, especially those who are travelling or expatriating.

Those who would be working in a high-risk environment for Hepatitis B are also advised to get vaccinated against the disease. Hepatitis B is transmitted through an exchange of infected blood or body fluids, so those working in the health care industry are at higher risk for this.

Immunization against typhoid fever is also recommended for expatriates who are relocating to Africa. The risk of contracting the disease is present in Tunisia, both in the urban and rural areas of the country. Typhoid fever is an infection that can be life-threatening and is transmitted through contaminated food and drinks.

Although there are very few reported cases of malaria in the country, the threat of contracting it is also present.