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Vaccinations in case of travel abroad

Verified 12 October 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Vaccination helps you avoid some of the serious illnesses that occur abroad. In addition, it helps protect local and French populations from epidemic risks. Before you leave, you should inform yourself and check the vaccines that are useful for your trip. Actual risks vary depending on your health, the health situation of the country visited, the conditions and the length of your stay.

Before leaving for another country, you must ask:

Ask for your doctor's opinion to ensure that the advice given is appropriate to your particular situation.

There is no common schedule for vaccine delivery for all travelers. Each calendar must be personalized and depends on the traveler (age, health, vaccination history, frequency and nature of the trips...).

Inform yourself early enough before your departure (between 1 to 2 months before in case of vaccine to be carried out).

The project of a trip is an opportunity to take stock of the mandatory and recommended vaccinations in France..

If you are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated, you will be offered these vaccinations, in addition to those necessary for your trip.

This recommendation applies to you wherever you go. It shall in particular aim at vaccination against the following diseases:

International vaccinations shall be presented in annual newsletter .. They only concern you if you go to certain places.

Diseases reported and justifying vaccination are:

  • Yellow fever (or vaccination against amariae to be practiced for any stay in the tropical zones of Africa and South America )
  • Japanese encephalitis (vaccination to be used for risky stays or expatriation in certain countries of Asia or Oceania)
  • Tick encephalitis (for stays in rural or wooded areas in central, eastern and northern Europe, northern Central Asia, Japan and China)
  • Typhoid fever (for any prolonged stay or in poor conditions in countries where hygiene is precarious). This vaccine is particularly recommended in the Indian subcontinent.
  • Invasive meningococcal infections (depending on the current situation of the epidemic areas)
  • Hepatitis A (country where hygiene is precarious, whatever the conditions of your stay)
  • Hepatitis B (frequent and prolonged stays in countries with high or medium prevalence of this virus)
  • Rage (prolonged or adventurous stay in isolation in high risk areas: Africa, Asia, South America)
  • Seasonal influenza (strongly recommended in risk groups: chronically ill, seniors participating in a group trip or a cruise)

If you get vaccinated against yellow fever , an international vaccination certificate will be given to you. It is valid for 10 years.

Yellow fever vaccine is the only vaccine required under the International Health Regulations (binding 196 countries to limit the spread of risks to public health). Some African countries impose it as a condition of entry into their territory (even if the traveler only passes through an airport).

This vaccine cannot be administered by your doctor. It must be carried out in a licensed vaccination center.