Prevention and vaccinations Your health is important

Some basic preventative measures should be taken before your departure to protect against infectious and parasitic diseases in your destination country. See our tips for flying worry-free!


In our Vaccinations guide, you will find information concerning major diseases, risk-prone areas, and the required vaccinations:
  • DTP - Diphtheria Tetanus Polio
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid fever
  • Cerebrospinal meningitis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tickborne encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Measles

Certain vaccinations require multiple injections. Think ahead to ensure you receive all necessary injections before your trip.
  • It may be possible to receive injections during your trip (depending on the sanitary conditions of the particular country) or upon your return.
  • If you were vaccinated as a child, a simple booster shot will suffice.

In all cases, request the opinion of your primary care physician or your medical service.
Useful addresses
  • Air France International Vaccination Center
    Travel and Health Association
    38 quai de Jemmapes
    75010 Paris
    Tel.: + 33 (0)1 43 17 22 00
    Open Monday to Friday from 8:45 AM to 6 PM, except Thursdays (8:45 AM to 8 PM) and Saturdays (8:45 AM to 4 PM).

  • Paris-Charles de Gaulle Vaccination Center
    Bâtiment Uranus 3, place de Londres
    95747 Tremblay en France
    Open Monday to Friday from 1:30 PM to 4 PM, by appointment only.

Prevent infectious and parasitic diseases

Infectious and parasitic diseases are common in tropical countries. They are often transmitted by eating raw vegetables or drinking infected water. In order to prevent these diseases:
  • opt for bottled beverages, preferably those of familiar brands,
  • if you use tap water, first boil it or sterilize it with tablets available in pharmacies,
  • cook all meals well and only eat perfectly rinsed and peeled raw vegetables,
  • wash your hands often and let the water run for a while before use.

Some infectious diseases are sexually transmissible. Remember to systematically take preventative measures (condoms).

Protect yourself against malaria

Malaria is a disease transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. The parasite attacks red blood cells and causes them to burst, leading to high fevers. No vaccine is available for this disease.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites, especially during the evening and at night: layered and long-sleeve clothing, mosquito nets with insecticide, repellent for exposed skin, insecticides for clothing, air-conditioned rooms.
  • Use proper medication for your destination and your health. These medicines should be taken several days before departure, during your stay, and 1 to 4 weeks after your return, depending on the medicine prescribed by your doctor.
    As any changes in the behavior and location of the disease could signal changes in its treatment, we advise you to consult the World Health Organization website.
    If you notice any fever upon returning from a high-risk area, see your doctor.

Traveling for diabetics

How much insulin can you carry in the cabin? What medical authorization must you present? What should you do with your insulin pump when proceeding to the security checkpoint? To plan your trip with peace of mind, please read the guide produced by the French Association of Diabetics.
Information on the use of insecticides on board
For public health reasons in some countries, airline companies must disinfect their cabins before departure. The use of aerosols poses no health risks to either passengers or pets permitted on board. However, some people occasionally experience temporary discomfort.

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