Health

Are You Medically Ready For Your Trip?

Staying healthy while you travel is always a top priority, so researching you destination and what shots are necessary are absolutely imperative.

In our globalized, modern world, where over 1 million people travel internationally each day, it’s important to understand what health factors are in your intended destinations. Vaccines protect travelers from serious diseases, and depending on where you travel, you may come into contact with diseases that are rare in the United States, like yellow fever. Some vaccines may also be required for you to travel to certain places, and can include:  Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies (pre- and post-exposure), Typhoid, Twinrix (Hepatitis A & B), Yellow Fever.

It’s important to get vaccinated at least 4 to 6 weeks before you travel. This will give the vaccines time to start working, so you’re protected while you’re traveling. It will also usually make sure there’s enough time for you to get vaccines that require more than 1 dose. The vaccines you need to get before traveling will depend on few things, including:

  • Where you plan to travel. Some countries require proof of vaccination for certain diseases, like yellow fever or polio. And traveling in developing countries and rural areas may bring you into contact with more diseases, which means you might need more vaccines before you visit.
  • Your health. If you’re pregnant or have an ongoing illness or weakened immune system, you may need additional vaccines.
  • The vaccinations you’ve already had. It’s important to be up to date on your routine vaccinations. While diseases like measles are rare in the United States, they are more common in other countries.

To find out more about travel vaccines, visit Vaccines.gov or:

Learn more about where you can get vaccines.

 

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie Mitchell is the founder and content director of L’Aventure Travel. She has traveled to over 40 countries, is the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We: The Adventures of Owen and Lucy”. A writer, producer, entrepreneur, and communications strategist, Carrie is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world.