Travel Vaccinations

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:

  • Destination
  • Activities you are about to partake
  • Whether or not you will be spending time in rural areas
  • Season of the year you are traveling
  • Age
  • 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 your health.

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.