Traveling Abroad This Summer?
Here Are Our Vaccination Recommendations
Vaccination has received significant media attention lately due to the recent nationwide measles outbreak that mostly resulted from people contracting measles abroad and not being vaccinated properly (for more on this, please seeour detailed report). Zika is also an important international travel health topic as it can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus, which can result in birth defects, and there is no preventative vaccine. This report covers how other vaccinations may be an appropriate part of your summer vacation preparation.
Partner with Your Physician
Visit your physician to make sure you are up-to-date with your routine vaccines and get the recommended vaccines for traveling to another country. This visit should take place about a month before you leave the country so that the vaccines will have enough time to become effective and you will be able to start taking preventive medicines for diseases that do not have vaccines, such as malaria. During this visit, you should discuss your current health status and immunization history, as well as your travel itinerary and potential disease exposure.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the most authoritative source for information on disease risks and precautions globally. CDC has specific vaccine recommendations that fall into two categories:
1. Routine Vaccinations
These are important for travelers because some diseases that are rare in the U.S. are more prevalent in other countries. Though most vaccines are given to children, some vaccines are routinely recommended or might require a booster shot for adults. Being up-to-date on your routine vaccines will give you the best protection against these illnesses when you travel.
Routine Vaccination Recommendations (CDC)
2. Additional Travel Vaccinations
Based on your personal health status and travel destination, additional vaccinations may be appropriate. You should discuss both with your healthcare provider.
Additional Travel Vaccine Recommendations (CDC)
Current Health Issues Abroad
Significant health issues abroad can have an impact both when you travel and when you return. It is important to plan ahead and protect your health and your family. The U.S. Department of State provides detailed, regularly updated safety and security Travel Advisories about specific countries.
Here are some highlights:
If you have any questions or concerns about travel vaccines or other health matters,
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