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14 March 2012
When going abroad to be a TEFL teacher, you will be
exploring some amazing countries, steeped in culture, with glorious
weather. It will be an experience you will never forget. With such
exotic locations, though, you will need to think about inoculations
before going out there to give you peace of mind to enjoy your new
Each country has specific immunisations you will need, and the
best place to check is at your local GP surgery, although the NHS
provides a good guide here on what
you will need. When you meet your GP, bring with you any
documentation on where you plan on going. The more research you
have done about what you need before going to your destination, the
easier it will be to vaccinate you. Don't leave it until the last
minute; find out two or three months before you intend to travel
about the immunisations you might need.
As a general rule, the NHS offers the following immunisations
for free: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio (all these three come as one);
Typhoid; Hepatitis A and some combined vaccines such as Hep A and
Hep B; & Cholera. As they are free, it is best to get these
immunisations anyway, just in case. If you have had these
immunisations before, but a few years have passed since you have
had the inoculation, check up with your GP before travelling in
case you need a booster.
Other important immunisations to consider include Yellow Fever,
Rabies, Tuberculosis, Encephalitis and Meningitis. These are all
more common in some countries than other, so check with the NHS or
your GP. Sadly, you may have to pay for some of these, but the cost
of the vaccine could be much cheaper than the healthcare needed if
you catch one of them. Sometimes GPs can't order in some vaccines
to their surgeries, if they recommend a vaccine but can't provide
it, try and speak with a pharmacist to get the vaccine.
An important disease you can't be vaccinated against is Malaria.
It is a prominent disease that can be caught abroad, particularly
in South America or Africa. If you are going somewhere where you
can catch malaria, check with your GP who can prescribe
antimalarial tablets to take before you go.
We hope you have found this guide helpful. Of course, if you
have any questions about immunisations please contact your local GP
and make sure you are fully immunised before travel. If you have
any other travel, job or TEFL enquiries please feel free
to get in
touch with us. This way you can spend more time
enjoying your TEFL experience of a lifetime.
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