Information on this page is only intended as a guide to the travel vaccinations recommended for this country

Sri Lanka is a country in Asia. An island nation, it lies off the coast of India in the Indian Ocean.

Vaccinations for Sri Lanka

For most travellers the recommended vaccinations vaccinations for Sri Lanka include: Hepatitis A

For people trekking in the countryside, staying for longer periods or for those at higher risk, recommended vaccinations for Sri Lanka might include: Hepatitis BJapanese EncephalitisMeasles Mumps & RubellaRabiesTetanusTyphoid & Yellow Fever

There is a risk of Malaria in Sri Lanka, see below for advice

There is no risk of Yellow Fever in Sri Lanka, but there are Yellow Fever certificate entry requirements. See below for advice.

Vaccines Recommended to All Travellers to Sri Lanka

All travellers to all areas of this country are advised to have these vaccinations along with staying up to date with the routine vaccination schedule for the UK. Book a consultation for a full travel health risk assessment.

Diphtheria

Diphtheria is a bacterial disease spread through close contact with infected persons. Vaccination against Diphtheria may be recommended

  • 1 dose of Diphtheria is required
  • Given any time before travel

Vaccines Recommended to Some Travellers to Sri Lanka

These vaccinations may be advised depending on the specific areas you are travelling to, your medical history and your itinary. Book a consultation for expert guidance on whether these vaccines are recommended for you.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is viral disease that is spread through blood and bodily fluids. Vaccination against Hepatitis B may be recommended

  • 3-4 doses of Hepatitis B are required
  • 21 days apart with a further dose 1 year later for full protection
  • Given any time before travel

Japanese Encephalitis

Japanese Encephalitis is a disease spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, which can cause inflammation of the brain. Japanese Encephalitis is most common in parts of Asia. Vaccination against Japanese Encephalitis may be recommended

  • 2 doses of Japanese Encephalitis are required
  • Doses administered 28 days apart
  • Given any time before travel

Measles, Mumps & Rubella

Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) are viral illnesses spread by the respiratory route; coughing, sneezing etc. They are present globally in all countries of the world and are therefore MMR is a risk to all travellers.

  • 2 doses of MMR are required
  • Doses administered 1 month apart
  • Given any time before travel

Rabies

Rabies is endemic throughout most of the world. The Rabies virus is carried in the saliva of infected mammals. Rabies affects the nervous system and, once symptoms develop, death is inevitable – even with good medical care.

  • 3 doses of Rabies are required
  • Doses administered 21-28 days apart
  • Given any time before travel

Tetanus

Tetanus is a disease caused by bacteria present in soil everywhere in the world. Tetanus causes painful muscle spasms and can lead to death. Vaccination against Tetanus is recommended to all travellers.

  • 1 dose of Tetanus is required
  • Given any time before travel

Typhoid

Typhoid is spread through contaminated food and water. Typhoid is common in areas with poor standards in food hygiene & preparation, and where suitable treatment of sewage is lacking. There are several types of Typhoid vaccination available.

  • 1-3 doses of Typhoid are required
  • Doses administered once or over 4 days
  • Given 7-14 days before travel

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever is endemic in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa and South America. Yellow Fever is spread by infected mosquitoes normally most active from sunrise to sunset. Many countries, where the disease is not endemic, require a valid certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever before you can enter as a traveller.

  • 1 dose of Yellow Fever is required
  • Given any time before travel
  • Yellow Fever certificate of vaccination is valid for life

Malaria Risk in Sri Lanka

Malaria is present in Sri Lanka, but is low risk.

There is no vaccination against Malaria,  you may need to take Antimalarial tablets there are some risk areas. We recommend you have a consultation with an expert Nomad nurse to talk through your malaria tablet recommendations.

Yellow Fever in Sri Lanka

There is no risk of Yellow Fever in Sri Lanka.

Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 9 months of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

For details on Yellow Fever risk areas, click here  (Source: fitfortravel)

Other Health Risks

Chikungunya in Sri Lanka

There is a risk of Chikungunya virus in this country. Spread by mosquitos, Chikungunya virus is widespread across Africa, South-East Asia, the Indian sub-continent and the Philippines. Occasionally, the virus can be found in other countries where the mosquito that spreads Chikungunya can also be found. There is no vaccination against Chikungunya, it is important to protect yourself with bite avoidance products like DEET. For more information – click here.

High Altitude in Sri Lanka

There are some high altitude areas. Travellers should take care to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) by taking time to acclimatise properly. AMS can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, level of fitness or training. At high altitude, extra precautions should be taken against the harsh conditions, which can cause damaging ultraviolet and cold exposure. All Nomad Travel Health Nurses are trained to advise on AMS, and it may be appropriate for you to take certain medications that may help with acclimatisation. Book an appointment to discuss health issues related to altitude, based on your specific itinerary. For more information – click here.

Dengue Fever in Sri Lanka

There is a risk of Dengue Fever. It is spread by a species of mosquito called Aedes aegypti, otherwise known as the ‘tiger mosquito’ which mainly bites during the day. The illness is widespread throughout the tropics and subtropics, affecting over 100 countries with approximately 50 million cases globally a year. Currently most infections occur in SE Asia, South and Central America, Mexico, Africa, Indian sub-continent, Hawaii and the Pacific. There is currently no vaccination against Dengue Fever, it is therefore important to protect yourself during the day with bite avoidance products like DEET. For more information – click here.

Zika Virus in Sri Lanka

Zika is a viral infection transmitted by daytime biting mosquitoes. These mosquitoes bite an infected person and then spread the infection to others when they bite again. Pregnant women are advised not to travel into Zika regions, and male partners must use condoms for 6 months after travel into affected areas to prevent sexual transmission of the disease to a pregnant partner. If planning pregnancy, female travellers should avoid getting pregnant for at least 8 weeks after being in a Zika region. Whereas men must avoid getting a woman pregnant for at least 6 months following travel into a Zika region as the virus can survive in sperm for much longer and can be sexually transmitted. For more information – click here.

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We recommend you book a consultation with one of our specialist Travel Health Nurses to determine the exact vaccinations recommended for you based on a bespoke risk assessment that will take into account your itinerary, medical history, activities and length of travel, which are all risk factors affecting your immunisation recommendations. If you would like to book with us please call 01341 555 061 or click here. For the most up to date information, visit Fit For Travel and search for the countries you are travelling to.