Travel Health with Raffles Medical
Planning to travel abroad? Raffles Medical provide a full range of travel health services to safeguard your health before, during and after your trip.
Travel vaccinations by country destinations
Depending on the region you travel to, you are at risk of contracting the following diseases:
Vaccination requirements may vary in different countries in each continent. We strongly encourage that you consult our doctors for medical advice regarding specific travel vaccinations and immunisations required, at least four to six weeks prior to your trip.
To provide convenience for the busy traveller, selected vaccinations are now available online. All you need to do is to select your vaccination, receive an email confirmation, and call us to book your vaccine for a hassle-free health service.
Getting a flu vaccination before you depart helps reduces the chances of getting influenza, or the flu. It is a contagious viral disease that causes fevers, chills, runny nose, sore throat and muscle aches. This disease is spread by close contact, coughing or sneezing, and it can infect anyone.
As the flu virus is constantly evolving, getting your flu vaccination yearly is recommended, especially for the individuals listed below:
- Persons above 65 years of age
- Adults with chronic conditions of the heart and lung, including asthma
- Diabetic patients
- Children between the age of 6 months to below 5 years old
- Frequent Travellers
- Pregnant ladies
Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can cause mild to severe illness. The virus is primarily spread when an uninfected (and unvaccinated) person ingests food or water that is contaminated with the faeces of an infected person. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, abdominal pain, pale stools, dark-coloured urine, loss of appetite, and yellowing of the skin or eyes.
This vaccination is recommended for travellers going to countries where hepatitis A is common.
Hepatitis B is a potentially life-threatening liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is spread through blood, transfusion of blood products and sharing of bodily fluids. Symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, dark urine and jaundice.
A Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those travelling to Asia, South and Central America, or Africa. Pre-vaccination, an antibodies test is recommended.
Twinrix is a combined Hepatitis A and B vaccine that can be given as a convenient alternative for individuals who lack immunity to both Hepatitis A and B.
Three doses will be given, with the second and third dose given 1 and 6 months after the first dose.
Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne infection. In urban areas, transmission is from human to human via the mosquito (Aedes Aegypti). The disease is present in Africa , Central and South America.
Vaccination is recommended for people aged 9 months or older, and who are traveling to or living in areas at risk for yellow fever virus in Africa, Central and South America. A proof of yellow fever vaccine may be required for entry into certain countries.
You must get the vaccination at least 10 days before your trip.
How long can my vaccination last?
The table below serves as a guide. Do consult with a doctor if a booster or re-vaccination is required.
|Vaccine||Duration of Protection|
|10 to 20 years; no booster is recommended after completing 2 doses|
|5 to 10 years; Pre-vaccination, a serology test may be done to confirm if you are still protected.|
|Duration of protection is unknown. For persons aged 17 years and older, a booster dose may be given if the primary two-dose vaccination series was given one year or more previously and there is continued risk of exposure|
|Lifetime (after a single adult booster)|
|2 doses are required after exposure; serology may be done in certain situations|
Frequently asked questions
It depends on how long your trip is. For optimal results, you should be vaccinated 4 to 6 weeks before you travel. Immunity after vaccination normally takes up to 2 weeks to develop. Do check with our doctors on the vaccinations required of the country you are travelling to.
A vaccination will not make you sick, but you may develop body ache or fever because your immune system is reacting to the vaccination(s). During consultation, our doctor will advise you on the possible side effects of the vaccination(s) that you are taking.
If you are on antibiotics, you are likely to be ill. It is better to delaythe vaccination until you are well.
It depends on the type of vaccination. The immunity level, and length of protection is different for each vaccination. Some vaccinations require an annual update, while others can last for a few years.
Refer to table
It varies with different vaccines. Please discuss with a doctor on your suitability.
If there is a fever or if you have just recovered from a fever, it is best to plan the vaccination later.
Travel consultation and vaccinations are generally available at all Raffles Medical clinics. However, it is best to check with the clinic prior on the availability of the vaccine. Certain vaccines such as yellow fever are only available at selected clinics.
It depends on the vaccine and where the children are travelling to. We will require information on the current child’s immunization records before being able to advise accordingly.
It depends on the vaccines required for the country that the child is travelling to. Our doctors will assess the child’s needs based on past immunization records and recommend vaccinations accordingly.
Terms & Conditions
- Prices are in Singapore dollars and inclusive of GST.
- On the day of the appointment, person(s) registered for the vaccination would need to present their identification documents to our medical personnel for verification.
- Items in the package are non-exchangeable and non-refundable, including unutilised portion.
- A surcharge for a second appointment will be imposed if any of the persons registered for the vaccination, is not present on the day of the appointment.
- You may transfer the service to another person.
- Not valid with other corporate and / or government programmes.
- Listed terms are subject to change without prior notice.