HC Deb 07 December 1993 vol 234 c196W
Mrs. Roche

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what immunisations her Department recommends for children under five travelling to Nigeria.

Mr. Sackville

A United Kingdom resident child should have been immunised routinely against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella and haemophilus influenzae b. Recommendations for travel, in addition to the above immunisations, will depend on factors such as purpose of visit—holiday or parents' occupation—length of stay, area to be visited and season of the year. They include, for Nigeria, hepatitis A human normal immunoglobulin, or hepatitis A vaccine where prolonged protection is required, typhoid —but not for infants under 12 months of age—yellow fever—but not for infants under nine months of age—and meningococcal meningitis. Advice in specific cases should be sought from a general practitioner or travel clinic.