You are going to Pakistan and have so much to look forward to. To stay safe from illness while abroad, the following document outlines health concerns and mandatory vaccinations for Pakistan.
Here, you will find important information about health risks and vaccinations for Pakistan to avoid falling ill while abroad. These are the official recommendations. Whether or not you will need any of the listed vaccines depends on a variety of factors. Book a free telephone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses for a personal assessment and a list of travel vaccinations you will need.
There is a presence of other diseases that cannot be prevented with injections for Pakistan. Below you will find risk prevention practices and information to stay safe.
The risk of malaria is present below 2300 metres. High risk areas exist west of the Indus River including Quetta, Peshawar and Chitral, but also in the southern region including Hyderabad. Antimalarials are advised.
The remaining regions east of the Indus River and including Karachi, and from Bahawalpur towards the north, Lahore and Islamabad, present a low risk. In these regions antimalarials are not usually advised.
There is a confirmed risk of dengue in Pakistan across the country. Recent cases have been reported from the regions of Balochistan, Dhaka, Islamabad Capital Territory, Karachi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Punjab.
It is important to take precautions during your stay in Pakistan, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.
There is a risk of malaria and dengue fever in Pakistan, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.
Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against mosquito bites, as they are the main cause of these infections during your stay in the country.
All travellers going to Pakistan should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid, polio, cholera and hepatitis A, which are all transmitted through contaminated food and water.
If you are visiting friends or relatives in Pakistan or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.
Here you will find an overview of useful contacts that may help you while in Pakistan.
The British Deputy High Commission Karachi The British Deputy High Commission Karachi can assist you, if you are in need for urgent help. You can call them on +92 (21) 35827000.
The British High Commission Islamabad The British High Commission Islamabad can also assist you and can be reached on +92 51 201 2000.
Local emergency medical services For emergencies needing medical assistance, dial +92 115 to reach an ambulance in Pakistan.
Medical facilities and practitioners If you get ill while you are in Pakistan, the British High Commission Islamabad and the British Deputy High Commission Karachi have prepared a list of medical facilities and practitioners in Pakistan.
Check if you need vaccinations Speak with one of our prescribing nurses at least six to eight weeks before travel for advice on vaccinations for Pakistan
Travel vaccination certificate Specific requirements often change, so make sure to check if any travel vaccination certificate is required upon entry in, or exit from, Pakistan
Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in Pakistan, including DEET insect repellent
Travel insurance If you become ill in Pakistan and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave
Note useful contact numbers Note important contacts to take with you to Pakistan, in case of an emergency
Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019
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