Depending on where you plan to spend your vacation, travel vaccinations could be a necessary aspect of your trip. This is especially true if you’re heading out to a tropical or exotic destination. Different countries offer different health risks, and will therefore require specific vaccines.
Proof of vaccinations
Many countries require you to show a certificate indicating that you’ve been vaccinated for a particular disease before you are allowed to enter. Wherever you’re headed, you need to ensure your immunizations are recorded on an official document. Ask for one from your doctor or travel health center after you get immunized.
Get vaccinated early
Most immunizations should be given at least one month before travel, so try to schedule your vaccination four to six weeks before your trip. This gives any vaccine that you may need plenty of time to take effect, and allows for a series of vaccines to be given over a period of days or weeks, as needed. Waiting till the last minute is not ideal but spontaneous trips can happen. If a situation like this were to occur, where you planned to travel in less than four weeks, a clinic such as U.S. HealthWorks medical group can offer partial protection against illnesses.
Other vaccinations you may need
In addition to routine vaccinations, your doctor may require you to get immunized against the following diseases, depending on your destination.
- Yellow fever
- Japanese B encephalitis
- Meningococcal Meningitis
Travel vaccinations are not recommended for everyone. Pregnant women, for example, must avoid certain vaccines for the sake of their unborn baby. Likewise, if you have had serious reactions to certain vaccines in the past, or if you are immuno-compromised, you’ll have to discuss with your doctor which vaccines you can take, and which you cannot.
Staying healthy on your trip
It’s important to understand that you can still catch a disease you were vaccinated against. Following the recommended travel tips for your destination can help protect you from infectious diseases.
This early, it pays to visit an urgent care provider such as U.S. HealthWorks well before your holiday trip so you will know which vaccines to have.
(Travel Vaccinations, Patient.info)