Traveling outside of the country is probably one of the best ways to unwind
and take a break from the hustle and bustle of your everyday routine.
It is also an opportunity to learn about different cultures, traditions,
as well as people. However, exploring the unfamiliar can also expose you
to diseases or illnesses your body’s immunization may not be able
to handle. Many conditions, such as yellow fever, typhoid fever, encephalitis,
and malaria are rare in the U.S. due to immunity in the general population,
but they may be more common in other countries. That is why before you
go out of your comfort zone, make sure that you have proper vaccinations
to protect you and keep you healthy while on vacation.
Know Which Vaccines You Need for Your Trip
Your healthcare provider or doctor determines which vaccines are recommended
for international travel on a case-to-case basis.
Below are the different factors they consider in recommending a travel vaccine:
- Activities you are about to partake
- Whether or not you will be spending time in rural areas
- Season of the year you are traveling
- Overall health status
- Immunization history
Since updating your vaccination records and getting the vaccines you need
may take some time, it may be a good idea to plan ahead. See your doctor
four to six weeks before your international travel to complete your vaccines.
This also allows your body the time it needs to build up immunity. When
you get your vaccinations, you may want to ask your doctor for other health
tips that can prevent you from getting sick as well.
No one wants to get sick during a vacation and getting vaccinated is a
great, easy way to enjoy every minute of your adventure without risking
This article contains general information about medical conditions and
treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as
such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis
of a physician.
If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should
consult your doctor or other professional healthcare providers.