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Do I need vaccines to go to Italy?

One of the most common doubts of those traveling to Italy: do I need a vaccine? Let's find out now!

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Do I need vaccines to go to Italy?

Vaccines are a great weapon against many existing diseases. Some of them we take in our childhood and others throughout life; fact is: they are important and protect the world from various diseases. It is important to keep your vaccines up to date. If you have doubts about vaccines or if you think you have missed a required dose, look for the nearest medical service and update all your doses. Also read: Documentation to enter Italy!

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So, first things first: if you travel in the winter, we suggest you to take the flu shot! Large agglomerations, such as in public transport, can help the entry of viruses in the body and this can turn into a strong flu. The flu vaccine can cause reactions such as fever, nausea and malaise, so get organized to take the vaccine at least a month before your trip! Remember that the dose lasts for a year, so you can travel peacefully!

The Ministry of Health of each country presents the entire vaccination schedule on its official website. To travel to Italy, some vaccines are highly suggested and the authorities can require some proof that you took some of them, but usually all the required vaccines are part of the obligatory vaccination schedule of several countries, however, if you have not been vaccinated against the diseases listed below yet, and you want to travel to Italy, look for the health center and update your vaccines.

Here’s a list of vaccines you need to take according to the WHO (World Health Organization) to go to Italy:  
Hepatitis A¹Food & WaterRecommended for most travellers
Hepatitis B¹Blood & Body FluidsAccelerated schedule available



Saliva of Infected Animals

Vaccine recommended for long-term travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.


Rubella (MMR)


Various Vectors

Given to anyone unvaccinated and/or born after 1957. One time adult booster recommended.
TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis) 

Wounds & Airborne

Only one adult booster of pertussis required.


Direct Contact & AirborneGiven to those unvaccinated that did not have chickenpox.
ShinglesDirect ContactVaccine can still be given if you have had shingles.
Pneumonia¹AirborneTwo vaccines given seperately. All 65+ or immunocompromised should receive both.
Influenza¹AirborneVaccine components change annually.
MeningitisAirborne & Direct ContactGiven to anyone unvaccinated or at an increased risk, especially students.


Food & WaterConsidered a routine vaccination for most travel itineraries. Single adult booster recommended.



Contact, droplet, airborne, fomite, fecal-oral, blood borne, mother-to-child, and animal-to-human transmission 



¹ – Recommended Travel Vaccinations for Italy. Source: World Health Organization Official Website. *COVID-19: vaccine in development. – Source: World Health Organization Official Website.

1) How does public health work for foreigners in Italy?

As required by the Schengen rules, all the foreign visitors traveling to Italy must have a medical insurance valid for Schengen area covering medical fees; hospitalization and repatriation cost up to €30,000. Public hospitals provide both emergency and non-emergency services while private hospitals do normally provide non-emergency services only and do not have first aid service. At public hospitals, all the emergency services are provided at no cost or upon payment of a limited fee. Good to know that private hospitals can charge much higher fees than public hospitals. REMEMBER: when leaving the hospital, they will issue an invoice for the payment of the service; make sure to get the receipt as you can claim reimbursement from the private insurance plan that covers you later! To learn more about health care for foreigners, you can click hereIMPORTANT: The emergency number in Italy is 118.

2) How is the service in Italian public hospitals?

Well, in larger cities it is more agile and efficient, the facilities are more complete and more professionals are available, which streamlines the whole process. In smaller cities, not that it is bad, but with reduced staff, the service is not always as efficient as we would like, but it is far from being “terrible”. Italy, in general, is a very healthy country, without outbreaks or epidemics of contagious infectious diseases. NOTE: COVID-19 TO BE UPDATED!

3) Medicines

The pharmacies in Italy, on the other hand, sell almost all the same medicines that you find around the world BUT the pharmacies REQUIRE a prescription, even for simpler medicines. In order not to be at hand, take a mini “pharmacy” in your suitcase, with the medicines you are already used to taking. Be sure to read our post on “How to take medicine in luggage to Italy?”

Another thing: not all pharmacies are open 24 hours a day (night shift service), especially in smaller cities, so keep an eye on the times if you need the service or ask information at your hotel reception, ok?!


  • In the Italian summer months it is highly advisable to use mosquito repellent, especially in environments with abundant forest and in coastal cities.
  • Eat well, drink a lot of water and keep yourself healthy, so you can avoid getting sick during your dream trip.
  • As we said before, take ALL the vaccines at least a month before your trip! Some vaccines can cause several unwanted effects and it is not a good idea to miss a day of tour inside the hotel room because you are not feeling well caused by a vaccine!
  • If you are not feeling well for any reason, take it easy and take some rest! Avoid heavy foods and opt for soups and teas, until you reestablish yourself.
  • Take note of all your food and / or medicine allergies and take them with you in Italian! This can save your life and prevent a lot of problems!


Do I need to be vaccinated to enter Italy? Vaccines are important and prevent many unwanted diseases! If you have your vaccines up to date, great! If you don’t remember or don’t have your vaccines up to date: take all of them as soon as possible! You are protecting yourself and the one you love! Remembering that in many countries of the world, it is considered a crime not to be vaccinated, as you can put your community’s health and yours at an unnecessary risk!

If you feel insecure, have no time, and need help to organize your trip, don’t hesitate to contact me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy come true. And how can I do that? Keep reading this post until the end and you will understand how we make your life and your trip much easier

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