The geographical location of Poland does not require preventive injections to be made before visiting the country. However, the threat of jaundice, called colloquially the dirty hands disease, is present always and everywhere in the world. In this case it is worth having some immunological protection with a series of injections done at home before starting out. This illness is very easy to catch when traveling and can cause severe problems to health so travelers should consider consulting their doctor and taking preventive medication before setting out on their holidays. Its is better to be safe than sorry.
Apart from the non obligatory but smart anti jaundice injections it is recommended but also not obligatory to have injections against diphtheria, tetanus and if visiting special areas (forests, meadows) against ticks (nasty little insects) whose bite can in extreme cases lead to meningitis.
Tick bite related diseases are very rare but if they occur they require long treatment and when untreated may cause death. If you plan walks in the forests, especially walking in areas of high grass you may be bitten. If you decide not to have preventive injections please carry some insect repellent against mosquitoes but most of all, against the ticks. Nature is wonderful indeed!
Last update May 2009