29 days

Can I take a dengue vaccination before travelling?

Hi Dr, I joined an exchange student programme and got selected to go to Korea. I am wondering if it would be okay for me to get a dengue vaccination before I travel?

Dr Ramzdhan,

29 days

Hello and thank you for your question.

Yes, you can take dengue vaccination before traveling to regions where dengue fever is prevalent. It’s often recommended for individuals planning to visit areas with high dengue transmission rates, especially if they haven’t previously been exposed to the virus. However, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider well in advance of your trip to discuss vaccination options, as the timing of vaccination and eligibility criteria may vary depending on factors such as your age, medical history, and the specific vaccine available.

Additionally, while vaccination can provide protection, it’s crucial to also take other preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites during your travels, such as using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and staying in accommodations with screened windows and doors.

I hope this helps! You can let us know or make appointments with our doctors on DoctorOnCall if you have any more questions.

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