Russia is so large that it is difficult to get an easy overall idea of the country. From the densely populated European Russia to the scarcely inhabited wild Siberia… From vast tundras to the soaring peaks of the Caucasus… From a powerful ancient Empire to a contemporary country vulnerable to economic crisis… From the modern Moscow to the classical Saint Petersburg… Everything in Russia seems extreme and opposite. Whether you are an adventurer looking for an untouched wilderness, an architecture-lover dreaming of magnificent glittering palaces and brightly painted Orthodox churches, or a culture-addict in search of inspiration, Russia has inevitably something for you.
INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH
We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.
For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.
RUSSIA – RECOMMENDED VACCINES
|Hepatitis A||Recommended for all travelers.|
|Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine||Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose. Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*. Pertussis (Whooping Cough): 1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32). *Only applicable for Quebec.|
|Measles – Rubella – Mumps||Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.|
|Flu – Influenza||Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.|
|Information, Advice & Vaccination – Japanese Encephalitis||Recommended for the following groups visiting certain remote areas:
|Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella)||Recommended for all travelers|
|Hepatitis B||Consider for most travelers; recommended for those who might be exposed to blood or other body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).|
|Tick-borne Encephalitis||Presence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.|
|Lyme disease||Presence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.|
|Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies||For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats, dogs and other mammals. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.|
The public medical infrastructure in Russia is of medium quality, usually below Western standards. Hospitals often lack modern and adequate equipment, especially in remote places. But it is possible to find quality health care in the private establishments located in the major cities. In the event of medical complications or serious injuries, an air evacuation to your country of origin may be required.
In case of emergency in Russia, call 03. But it is safer to turn to a private ambulance if you can afford it, as it will be faster and the crew will provide you better care.
Numerous pharmacies can be found in Russia and basic medicines are easily accessible. But if you need specific treatments or intend to go to remote areas, be sure to bring your own medical supplies in sufficient quantities.
In case of emergency, dial 112 or:
- police: 102
- medical assistance: 103
- firefighters: 101