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Appointment?

You can make an appointment online for a consultation, vaccinations and / or malaria advice in the Travel Clinic. Do this in time, preferably six weeks before departure.
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Compulsory vaccinations

There are no complusory vaccinations for your chosen destination.

Recommended vaccinations

Vaccination against DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio)

Vaccination against Hepatitis A (Infectious jaundice)

Malaria prevention

Malaria is not found in this country.

Malaria is not found in this country.

Special problems

High risk of rabies. Discuss preventive measures with the vaccination clinic.

There is a risk of contracting the parasitic disease Bilharzia (Schistosomiasis), if you come into contact with natural fresh water. Discuss preventive measures with the vaccination clinic.

Protection against mosquitoes during the day is important because of the risk of dengue. Discuss preventive measures with the vaccination clinic.

Information

Information about DTP

Information about DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio). Persons born after 1950 have almost all received vaccinations as a child. In general a booster-injection is sufficient. Older persons who have not been vaccinated, or where this is not known, should have the full series of three injections.

Information about Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease which occurs as a childhood disease in tropical countries. Dutch nationals who were born after the war will probably not have experienced the disease. The Hepatitis A virus is transferred through food and is often found in seafood and raw vegetables. Adults can become very ill and take a long time to recover. Vaccination offers very good protection.

Information about Rabies

Rabies is a viral infection which is always fatal if symptoms are present. The virus is transmitted through infected mammals' salvia (a dog, cat, monkey or other small mammal; bats can also transmit the disease). Humans can be infected if bitten, scratched or licked by an infected animal. The virus penetrates the body through small wounds in the skin or through mucous membranes in the eyes or mouth. The first visible symptoms can appear a few weeks or even several months after infection. If bitten by an animal suspected of having Rabies, you should immediately (and in any case within 1 week) receive treatment with an immunoglobulin. In addition you should be vaccinated. If you are taking a trip where the risk of being bitten is relatively high, for example if you are going trekking or on a cycling-trip, vaccination against rabies is recommended. If you are then bitten you will not need immunoglobulin, which may in any case be difficult to get hold of in developing countries and treatment with additional vaccinations will be sufficient. Discuss with the vaccination clinic whether a vaccination against Rabies is advisable in your individual case.

Information about Bilharzia

Bilharzia (or schistosomiasis) is a worm-disease which can be contracted by wading or swimming in lakes or rivers where the disease is endemic. The symptoms of the disease are often only seen a month after returning from abroad. The initial symptoms are fever and diarrhoea. The disease can develop into a chronic illness causing long-term health problems. Only swim in chlorinated swimming pools or in the sea. If there is a possibility that you may have contracted the disease you should visit your doctor.

Information about Dengue

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease accompanied by high fever, headache and muscle aches. A rash also often occurs. There is no treatment for Dengue and in general patients recover well with time. The mosquito that transmits dengue is active during the day. Taking appropriate measures to prevent mosquito bites is an effective way to protect against the disease.

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Visiting hours

Monday 8:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 8:30 - 20:30
Wednesday 8:30 - 20:30
Thursday 8:30 - 16:30
Friday 8:30 - 20:30
Saturday 9:00 - 12:30
 

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Travel Clinic
Haringvliet 72
3011 TG Rotterdam
Phone 0900 503 40 90
travelclinic@erasmusmc.nl
 

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