No matter where in the world you plan on hunting, it is vital you do your research regarding vaccinations, as some areas of the world can be more dangerous than others. Even after you have been vaccinated or taken specific pills, you are never guaranteed 100% safety due to the vast amount of diseases that do not have vaccines or drugs available to prevent them.
Common viruses that you are advised to get vaccinated for include Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Hepatitis A is known to spread through contaminated food and drink with the vaccination being required for travel across the globe (aside from North America, Australasia, and Western Europe). The vaccine is effective for around one year after the first shot. However, if you choose to get another shot within six months to a year after the first, the vaccine can last for over 25 years. Hepatitis B, however, is passed on through blood and bodily fluids. If you choose this vaccine, you are required to have three shots (over a six-month period) resulting in life-long effectivity.
Other Vaccinations You May Need
Other common vaccinations include Yellow fever, Typhoid fever and Meningitis. Yellow fever is spread by virus ridden mosquitos, so it’s strongly advised to get the vaccination if you’re planning on traveling to countries in Africa and Latin America. However, the vaccine only provides protection for 10 years, so it’s important to record your trips so you’re sure on exactly when to get it. Food and drink contaminated with human feces can result in transmission of typhoid fever. The vaccination for this is recommended if you plan to stay with locals on your hunting trip. The vaccination is given in a capsule form before departing and offers protection for around a year. Meningitis is also transmitted through bodily fluids. The vaccine is usually given to those traveling to Sub-Saharan Africa, but you may be advised to get it for other countries should there ever be an outbreak of the virus.
Another infection you may have heard of is rabies, a hunter’s worst nightmare. The infection is caused through scratches or bites from an animal infected with the virus (although in rare cases, saliva from the infected animal in your eye or an open wound can cause you to contract the virus). The good news is that in most situations, you can be vaccinated after being exposed to the bite/scratch. However, if you do get bitten, it is important to contact your travel insurance company who will give you advice on how you can get the relevant vaccination.
Whilst these are just some of the more common types of viruses, there is a vast amount, so it is important to do your research online and if you’re unsure on what vaccination is best for you. It’s always recommended to visit your doctor before your trip for advice. Lastly (and most importantly) stay safe, stay aware, and always be prepared, as the last thing you want is a nasty infection on your travels.