If you are preparing your trip, you may want to know what vaccinations for Turkey you may need, if any. The following information and recommendations will help you stay safe while away.
There are various recommended vaccinations for Turkey, however, whether you will need all of the listed vaccines depends on factors such as your itinerary during your trip and your medical history, amongst other things.
Book an appointment online to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. If you are unsure as to which vaccinations you require, book a free telephone consultation with one of our medical advisors, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.
Your travel vaccinations for Turkey unfortunately do not extend to all health risks. In these cases, it is important to be aware of the health risks, so you can practice precautions.
There is a very low risk of malaria in Turkey and antimalarials are not necessarily recommended. Even though cases of malaria should not be present in the country unless contracted abroad, practicing mosquito bite avoidance techniques is recommended.
There is a presence of a variety of insect and tick-borne diseases in Turkey such as hookworm, caused by coming in contact with contaminated hookworm eggs, the west nile virus, contracted through mosquito bites and leishmaniasis, an infection caused by sandfly bites.
Certain regions present a higher risk than others, however as the presence of these diseases is widespread, you are best avoiding insect and tick bites throughout your travels.
Schistosomiasis is a disease spread by freshwater snails if you wade in contaminated freshwater, causing early symptoms such as itchy skin, or intestinal disease if not treated. Although previous cases of schistosomiasis have been reported in Turkey, the risk of contracting this disease is considered low, due to the possibility that transmission of schistosoma larvae may have been interrupted (currently being evaluated by the World Health Organization). Previous cases were reported in villages on the southeast border with Syria, mainly in the Nusaybin area (Mardin Province) and Akçakale (Sanliurfa Province).
It is important to take precautions during your stay in Turkey, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.
There is a risk of malaria in Turkey, and you cannot be protected against the disease by vaccination.
Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against mosquito bites, as they are the main cause of the infection during your stay in the country.
There is a risk of contracting various insect and tick-borne diseases throughout Turkey such as hookworm, west nile virus and leishmaniasis.
If you are an adventure traveller, exploring poorly sanitised areas or planning on being active at night, you may be at higher risk. Avoiding outdoor activities in grassy areas especially from spring to autumn and practicing consistent mosquito and anti-tick bite precautions will help you stay safe.
There is a very low risk of contracting schistosomiasis, a disease spread by freshwater snails if you wade in contaminated freshwater. You can continue to practice precautions when exposed to freshwater in order to avoid any risk.
All travellers going to Turkey should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid and hepatitis A, which are both transmitted through contaminated food and water.
If you are visiting friends or relatives in Turkey or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.
Get a quick overview of some of the most important services that you may need while in Turkey. The following contacts can assist you, if you are in need of urgent help.
British Consulate General Istanbul +90 212 334 64 00
British Consulate Izmir +90 232 463 51 51
British Embassy Ankara +90 312 455 33 44
British Honorary Consulate Bodrum +90 252 412 64 88
British Honorary Consulate Fethiye +90 252 614 63 02
British Honorary Consulate Marmaris +90 252 412 64 88
British Vice Consulate Antalya +90 242 228 28 11
Local emergency medical services If you need urgent medical assistance while you are in Turkey, you can call the emergency number +90 112 to reach an ambulance.
Medical facilities and practitioners If you need to see a doctor while in Turkey, the British Embassy Ankara has prepared a list of medical facilities and practitioners in Turkey, providing a quick overview of reputable medical facilities.
Check if you need vaccinations Book an appointment at your local pharmacy at least 6 to 8 weeks before travel to get vaccinated
Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in Turkey, including DEET insect repellent
Travel insurance If you become ill in Turkey 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 Make a list of contacts to take with you to Turkey, as these can be helpful in case of an emergency
If you already know which vaccinations you need, you can book a vaccination appointment at your local pharmacy.
If you would like to discuss your specific requirements with a medical advisor, book a free telephone consultation. A Practio nurse will give an individual assessment of your needs and recommend a suitable vaccination programme.
Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
20 June 2019
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Whether you are a city or an outdoor traveller, you may be at risk of tick bites. So, check the risk on your destination and prevent tick bites while away.