About travel and border health service
Globalization and technology have made the world more connected than ever. Human mobility is a complex and dynamic phenomenon that has been attributed to amplify the spread of infectious diseases.
If you are not prepared, international travel can be hazardous to your health. The first step in preparing for international travel is to consult with a travel health service center. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that travelers consult with a travel health professional at least 2 weeks before departure.
The Travel and Border Health Service Directorate at Ethiopian Public Health Institute ensures the existences of the recommended International Health Regulation (IHR-2005) principles concerning travel-related diseases of public health interest.
Travel Health Services include
- Consultation: The health professionals will assess your individual needs taking into account each destination on your itinerary, personal medical needs and so on. Based on WHO latest information issued, the health professionals will provide a personal recommendation.
- Vaccinations: travel related vaccine service has two categories
- Recommended vaccine: Not a must to have but taking a vaccination recommended and this include the majority of travel vaccines.
- Required vaccines: These are required by a country for entry in order to protect the health of their citizens form travelers who may import the disease. Yellow fever, meningitis and polio are the most common required vaccines.