Russia

Travel vaccination advice for Russia.

VACCINATIONS

Travellers should be up to date with routinely recommended vaccinations according to the routine UK immunisation programme.

Hepatitis A
Vaccination recommended for all previously unvaccinated travellers. Hepatitis A vaccine is well tolerated and affords long-lasting protection.

Hepatitis B
Vaccination recommended for travellers whose activities or medical history put them at increased risk, including those who may have unprotected sex, those who may be exposed to contaminated needles (eg, through injecting drug use or receiving medical or dental care), those who may be exposed to blood or body fluids through their work (eg, health workers), long-stay travellers, those who are participating in contact sports and families adopting children from this country.

Rabies
Vaccination recommended for travellers whose activities put them at increased risk, including those at risk due to their work (eg, health workers or those working with animals), those travelling to areas where access to post-exposure treatment and medical care is limited, those planning higher risk activities such as running or cycling, and long-stay travellers.

Japanese encephalitis
Vaccination recommended for travellers whose activities put them at increased risk, including those who are staying for a month or longer during the transmission season, especially if travel will include rural areas with rice fields and marshland. Vaccination could be considered for travellers on shorter trips if the risk is considered to be sufficient (eg, for travellers spending time in areas where the mosquito breeds such as rice fields or marshlands, or pig farming areas).

Tick-borne encephalitis 
Vaccination recommended for travellers visiting affected areas (eg, the Ural Region including the districts of Perm and Sverdlovsk [particularly around the city of Yekaterinburg], the areas of Okhotsk, the Sikhote-Alin mountain range near Vladivostok in the Far Eastern region, the Lake Baikal region, and Crimea) whose activities put them at increased risk, including those working in forestry, woodcutting, farming and the military and travellers to forested areas (eg, campers, hikers, hunters and individuals who undertake fieldwork).

Tetanus
Travellers should have completed a primary vaccination course according to the UK schedule. If travelling to a country where medical facilities may be limited, a booster dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine is recommended if the last dose was more than ten years ago even if five doses of vaccine have been given previously.

Tuberculosis
Vaccination recommended for travellers at increased risk of developing severe disease and/or of exposure to TB, including unvaccinated children under 16 years of age who are going to live for more than 3 months in this country and unvaccinated, tuberculin skin test negative individuals under 35 years of age at risk because of their work (eg, healthcare workers, prison staff and vets).

FURTHER INFORMATION

Abbreviated information provided by the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). Refer to the Russia page on travelhealthpro.org for full details.


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