Recommended vaccinations

There are plenty and they are expensive. But for the countries along our route they are recommended by many institutions, and they are said to be save and low in side effects.

Standard vaccinations that are recommended even when not travelling. Check with your doctor – you probably already have them. Also your (german) health insurance pays for them:

  • Polio (Poliomyelitis or infantile paralysis)
  • Tetanus (lockjaw)
  • Diphteria
  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • Hepatitis A/B

Vaccinations recommended for travelling, that your average (german) health insurance will likely reimburse the costs for (do check with your doctor about that):

  • TBE (tick-borne encephalitis)Good to know: 90% of the people receiving this vaccination have a full protection already after the first two shots. So if you’re short of time better take only the first two than None. 2 shots with a distance of 2-4 weeks. A third shot after another 5-12 months.
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae: Only one shot
  • Influenza (the flu): Only one shot. A new version of the vaccine is developed twice a year as the Influenza_virus rapidly changes, so for full protection you need to get that redone regularly.

Vaccinations that you most likely will have to pay for yourself. Check with your health insurance, some do pay for some of those:

  • Rabies: 3 shots. The second a week after the first and the third 3 weeks after the second.
  • Typhoid (Typhoid fever): One shot
  • Japanese encephalitis (Japanese B encephalitis): Two shots with a distance of 28 days
  • Cholera: 2 doses of oral vaccine with a distance of 1-6 weeks. Only necessary if you don’t have access to clean drinking water
  • Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus): One shot