Vaccinations for Russia

Due to the general economic situation throughout Russia it is reported that there has been a significant shortage of vaccines to combat diseases such as measles, polio, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. This has led to a worsening of the risk for the local population and the possibility that travellers may be more exposed.

There are no ‘essential’ vaccinations for Russia but there are some that are strongly recommended. These includes the vaccines against food and water borne diseases (Hepatitis A and Typhoid) as well as ensuring that you are up-to-date with cover against the main ‘childhood’ diseases (including Tetanus and Diphtheria) Longer term travellers or those trekking around Russia may also need to consider vaccination cover against a number of other diseases such as Rabies, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal Meningitis and Tick Borne Encephalitis.

Travellers to Russia should have their consultation for vaccinations at least 4 – 6 weeks before leaving Ireland.

Smell the tap water to check for a distinct chlorine odour before use. In many regions the water supply may not be suitable and so travellers should drink bottled beverages or beverages made from boiled water (tea/coffee). Do not use ice-cubes in your drinks and never use the mains tap water for drinking or brushing your teeth. Occasional outbreaks of Typhoid, Cholera are reported and the St Petersburg mains water supply has been closely linked with an intestinal parasite, Giardia lambia.

The majority of travellers to Russia who exercise due caution will remain in good health. Special care must be taken regarding your food and water consumption. Care against accidents and sensible precautions to avoid petty crime are also essential. If trekking about the country check your itinerary carefully and keep those at home in touch with your plans.

Please note that each traveller will require a specialised consultation and this information only contains general guidelines.

Vaccination List Required/ Recommended All Travellers Trekking Rural
Yellow Fever
Tetanus Tetanus
Diphtheria Diphtheria
Hepatitis A Hepatitis A
Typhoid Typhoid
Hepatitis B
Rabies
Meningococcal Meningitis
Poliomyelitis Poliomyelitis
Cholera
Tuberculosis
Tick Borne Encephalitis
Japanese B Encephalitis

Country Profile

Find out more about the health risks you should be aware of when travelling in Russia by reading the DFA Russia country information page
or the WHO Russia country information page.