No inoculations are mandatory but it's worth discussing the following with your doctor or with your representative at your local BA travel clinic(Head office: 020-7 434-4700): Cholera, Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A(Havarix),Hepatitis B, Polio, Rabies, Tuberculosis, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, an inoculation certificate is necessary if travelling in from an infected area.
Malarial Prophylactics - Generally only necessary for travellers to the El Faiyoum area from June to October. However, professional advice should be sought from your doctor.
Try to visit your doctor at least a month in advance of your trip as some inoculations require two shots with a time lag between. All inoculations should be recorded on an International Certificate of Vaccination available from your doctor.
As always health insurance is recommended.
The only health hazard that you're likely to come across is an upset stomach. The best way to avoid this is to make sure that you only drink bottled water, avoid ice and ice-cream and anything that may have been washed in tap water(salad). All fruit should be peeled before consumption. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Precautions should also be taken against prickly heat and sunstroke.
Travel First Aid
In 1997, 57 tourists were killed in Luxor and nine shot in Cairo. Since then Egypt has been cracking down on its terrorist problem, and the country has become safer. This said it's advisable to check with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to find the current situation on www.fco.gov.uk
Women travelling in Egypt may receive more attention than they would in their native country. Egyptians are friendly and this extra attention may be harmless, however it can cross the line and become harassment. Dressing modestly will help to reduce this risk, as will wearing a ring on your wedding finger.
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