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My son's going abroad does he need injections?

My son is going to fortaventura in a week's time and it is his first time abroad, does he need any malaria tablets or injections?

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I’m pleased that you’re thinking about your son’s travel health needs, and on this occasion he’s unlikely to need to take special precautions. However, I would strongly advise you in future to think about travel health at least 8 weeks in advance. It takes at least 8 weeks for some immunisations to provide complete protection. If in doubt, you can look up your destination. ‒ Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands. Your son should be covered for all the immunisations recommended for life in the UK, including tetanus (if he is under 25 and has had all his childhood/school immunisations he should be covered).  

If he is staying for a long time or is more likely than usual to get cuts or scratches, it might be recommended that he also has immunisation against Hepatitis B. Malaria is not a problem in Fuerteventura so he does not need to consider anti-malarial tablets or precautions.

Answered by Dr Sarah Jarvis.


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