Travel Vaccinations for Sri Lanka
If you are entering Sri Lanka from a yellow fever risk area you need to present a yellow fever certificate at the border. The same applies if you have changed flights in a country to which yellow fever is endemic and spent more than 12 hours at the airport. This only applies to adults as well as children over the age of nine months.
- Yellow Fever £60 per dose
How much will it cost?
Per Dose £60 Doses per course 1 Price per course £60
Recommended for all travellers
The vaccines in this section are recommended for all travellers visiting the country.
- Tetanus £32 per dose
The tetanus vaccine - or a booster - is recommended for all travellers who are planning to visit a country where access to medical assistance may be limited. You can get tetanus when tetanus bacteria get into your bloodstream, usually due to injury or a wound. You need a booster if your last tetanus jab was over ten years ago.
Per Dose £32 Doses per course 1 Price per course £32
Recommended for some travellers
Whether you will need any of the vaccines in this section depends on the region you're travelling to, the activities you have planned and your medical history.
- Hepatitis A £55 per dose
Hepatitis A is a viral infection which causes an inflammation of the liver. In countries where hep A is prominent, many people catch it as a child. The infection tends to be mild in children but can occasionally cause complications. In adults, however, it can lead to liver damage or even liver failure. Although infection rates appear to be on the decrease, hepatitis A is endemic to Sri Lanka and the vaccination is recommended for all travellers.
Per Dose £55 Doses per course 1 Price per course £55
- Hepatitis B £45 per dose
Hepatitis B is a blood borne disease. It is transmitted during sex as well as via contaminated needles (for example when undergoing a medical procedure or a cosmetic procedure involving equipment that hasn’t been sterilised). The vaccine is usually recommended for travellers who are visiting a country where hepatitis B is endemic for a longer period of time as well as anyone likely to come in close contact with the local population (for example aid workers and volunteers). The nurse or pharmacist may also recommend it if you’re planning any activities that put you at a higher risk of injury. Hepatitis B can cause a range of symptoms. It can become chronic and cause liver damage.
Per Dose £45 Doses per course 3 Price per course £135
- Japanese Encephalitis £89 per dose
Indonesia is a risk country for Japanese encephalitis, a viral infection passed on by mosquitoes. It can cause severe symptoms and long term damage. If you are travelling to areas where Japanese encephalitis is endemic you may need the vaccination in addition to practicing insect bite avoidance.
Per Dose £89 Doses per course 2 Price per course £178
- Rabies £58 per dose
Rabies is a disease transmitted when you’re scratched or bitten by an animal that carries the disease. This could be any wild animal such as a bat or a fox but also a domestic animal such as a dog or cat. Although animals who have rabies will develop symptoms as the disease progresses, you can’t know for sure whether an animal carries it. Rabies is almost always fatal so it’s very important that you seek medical attention immediately if you’re bitten or scratched by an animal while in a country where rabies is endemic. The nurse or pharmacist may recommend the vaccine if you will be visiting rural areas with limited access to medical care or if you are planning to work with or handle animals. They may also recommend it if you’re staying for longer than one month.
Per Dose £58 Doses per course 3 Price per course £174
- Typhoid £32 per dose
Like hepatitis A, typhoid fever is a food- and waterborne disease. It causes digestive problems such as diarrhoea or constipation, stomach pain and a high fever. The typhoid vaccination is recommended for all travellers visiting Sri Lanka, where outbreaks continue to occur. In addition to getting vaccinated you should take care in choosing where you eat and practise good food hygiene while abroad.
Per Dose £32 Doses per course 1 Price per course £32
Why do I need a consultation?
It is difficult to say which vaccines you need without asking a medical professional. Your itinerary, your medical history and the activities you have planned all affect which vaccinations you need. It is important that a trained travel nurse or pharmacist checks what you need.
Exactly the travel vaccinations you need - no more, no less.
During your consultation, our nurse or pharmacist will talk you through the health risks at your travel destinations to check which vaccines you need. If a vaccine is not essential, we will explain your options so you can decide whether you would like to have it.
Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes. You cannot be vaccinated against malaria.
The number of reported malaria cases in Sri Lanka has been on the decline in recent years, so the malaria risk in most of Sri Lanka is classed as very low. There is a low risk of malaria if you are travelling to areas north of Vavuniua. However, you still need to take precautions to avoid insect bites.It is important to use bed nets, insect repellent and long-sleeved clothing after sunset to minimise the exposure to insect bites. If you develop malaria symptoms you must seek medical attention immediately. Please note, that symptoms can develop a long time after you have returned from your holiday so you still need to see a doctor if you notice malaria symptoms weeks or months after your return. Your Superdrug nurse or pharmacist will assess your need for an antimalarial based on your medical history and itinerary.