Vaccinations & Pre-Travel Health Plans


In this comprehensive leaflet, we discuss the issues that might be of concern to someone with ME/CFS if they are planning to travel overseas and require vaccinations. We also review other things that you might need to consider before embarking on your trip.

Life is full of risks and there are plenty of anecdotal reports describing how various vaccines have triggered ME/CFS or have exacerbated the condition. But if someone with ME/CFS wants to travel to a country where specific vaccinations are strongly advised, or are even made compulsory with a certificate (as with yellow fever), it would be foolish to avoid the high level of protection that most forms of vaccination provide.

Topics discussed in this leaflet, include: General advice on vaccines for overseas travel, Obtaining reliable information on traveller's health, Specific vaccines that may be recommended or required, Points to consider in relation to specific vaccines, Other important aspects of pre-travel healthcare: Air travel, Heat, Jet lag, time changes & sleep disturbance, Malaria, Traveller’s diarrhoea; Travel insurance and other documentation, Checklist, Further information.

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Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

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