1. With more and more Irish people moving abroad, many people are now choosing to travel and spend Christmas with their loved ones overseas.

2. Whether it be family living in the "Land Down-Under", working in South East Asia or relocating Stateside, many parents and siblings are venturing abroad over the holiday season to be reunited.

3. If you're jetting off to Southeast Asia, Central America or South America over the festive period, it's important to think about the vaccinations you require.

4. While it's never too late to vaccinate, Tropical Medical Bureau usually recommend that you get your immunisations, where possible, six to eight weeks before travelling. Even at this stage it is worthwhile getting cover against the main diseases which may be a risk.

5. You may be recommended to have cover against tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A. However a course of injections may be recommended in some cases against diseases like hepatitis B and rabies for some undertaking longer or possibly high risk trips to countries such as Thailand, Peru and Indonesia.

6. The experienced professionals at Tropical Medical Bureau will be able to talk you through your options and give advice about how to stay healthy on your getaway. The last thing you'll want is to spend Christmas Day bed-bound with some nasty illness!

7. If you are heading overseas for Christmas you'll also need to take care with your food and drink choices. It is safe to say that you may not be tucking into a traditional turkey dinner in India, Thailand or Brazil, so choose your restaurants carefully, and always stick with correctly sealed bottled water!

8. It is important to remember that while your family members who have been living abroad for some time will be more immune to local illnesses and their bodies will have adapted to local surroundings. It's important to protect yourself against mosquito bites that could be carrying some nasty diseases you won't find at home!

For further information or to book an appointment, please contact Tropical Medical Bureau on 1850 487674 or visit www.tmb.ie

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