TRAVEL IMMUNIZATIONS

Vaccines recommended for your Destination


Here you can find out which vaccinations are requiring or recommended for the areas you'll be visiting.

How long does the COVID vaccine take to work?

- Pfizer vaccine
Immunity starts to d evelop about 12 days after the first shot (at which point the vaccine is about 52% effective).
Full immunity is reached about 7 days after the second shot (at which point the vaccine is about 95% effective).


- Moderna vaccine
Immunity starts to develop about 14 days after the first shot (at which point the vaccine is about 51% effective). Full immunity is reached about 14 days after the second shot (at which point the vaccine is about 94% effective).

Individuals may not be fully protected until 7-14 days after their second dose of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine.

How long does it take hepatitis A vaccine to work?

A single shot of the hepatitis A vaccine can help prevent hepatitis A if given within 2 weeks of exposure.

How long does it take to get immunity from Hep B vaccine?

1–2 months after completing the hepatitis B vaccine series.

How long does the Japanese encephalitis vaccine take to work?

Primary immunization should be completed at least one week prior to potential exposure to Japanese encephalitis virus.

How long does it take to get immunity from Meningococcal quadruple vaccine?

Meningococcal quadruple vaccine takes 2 weeks before travel, Immunity peaked 1 month after vaccination and declined substantially by 2 years.
The MCV4, MPSV4 and MenB vaccines are about 85-90% effective in preventing meningococcal disease.

How long does the Rabies vaccines vaccine take to work?

Rabies vaccines (given into the shoulder muscle) works to develop long term immunity, but this may take seven days to begin providing protection.

How long does the typhoid vaccine take to work?

Remember that you will need to complete your vaccination at least 1 week before you travel so that the vaccine has time to take effect.

How long does it take yellow fever vaccine to work?

In general, it takes 10 to 14 days from the date of vaccination for a person to develop immunity to the yellow fever virus. Additional personal protection measures from mosquitoes are critically important during this 10-14 day period in yellow fever endemic areas.


Travel Vaccines.  Photo by RF._.studio

How far in advance should I get vaccinated before traveling?

• It’s important to get vaccinated at least 4 to 6 weeks before you travel. This will give the vaccines time to start working.
• See your doctor when you start to plan your trip abroad. It’s important to do this well in advance.
• Your body needs time to build up immunity.
• You may need several weeks to get all the doses of the vaccine.