Croatia Vaccinations - Operation Wallacea

Expedition Information

Croatia Vaccinations

Operation Wallacea are not able to give official advice on inoculations. The following guidance is based on current health advice from a number of sources. Some people are not able to have certain jabs, so blanket generalisations cannot be made. You must consult your GP, travel clinic or doctor for personal advice.

It is also worth checking the NaTHNaC web site for up to date advice. The NaTHNaC page for Croatia can be found here (http://www.mims.co.uk/croatia/infections-and-infestations/article/1149501 ). The NHS also offers advice on their fit for travel website although this maintains the assumption that you are up to date with inoculations as recommended for life in the UK. For Croatia there are no mandatory vaccinations needed in order to enter the country.

To allow sufficient time for all the necessary immunisations it is recommended that you consult your Doctor or travel clinic three months prior to departure.

It is recommended that you are up to date with the following vaccinations:

Tetanus
Diphtheria
Polio
Hepatitis A

Recommended and Routine Vaccinations
Hepatitis A: Recommended for all travelers >1 year of age not previously immunized against hepatitis A.

Hepatitis B: Recommended for all non-immune travelers who might be exposed to blood or body fluids from unsafe/unprotected sexual contact; from injecting drug use with shared/re-used needles and syringes; from medical treatment with non-sterile (re-used) needles and syringes. Recommended for any traveler requesting protection against hepatitis B infection.

Influenza: Vaccination recommended for all travelers >6 months of age who have not received a flu shot in the previous 12 months.

Routine Immunizations: Immunizations against tetanus-diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR vaccine) and varicella (chickenpox) should be updated, if necessary, before departure. MMR protection is especially important for any female of childbearing age who may become pregnant. An outbreak of measles, involving 49 cases from Zagreb and Slavonski Brod, with onset of symptoms between April and June 2008, has been reported by Eurosurveillance in January 2009. With this outbreak, Croatia joins some other European countries that have recently experienced a resurgence of this disease.

Rabies: You will not be directly handling any small mammals or bats and as a result will not be at a high risk of rabies. Given the short distance to hospital facilities where the rabies vaccines are held, we do not consider it imperative that you have the rabies pre-exposure vaccinations before coming on expedition to Croatia.