In almost all circumstances, it is rare for someone not to need vaccinations when traveling outside of the United States. These are shots or immunizations that travelers can get to protect them from certain diseases or illnesses while they are in certain areas of the world.
Vaccines are safe, effective ways to help ensure that travelers only bring home their souvenirs and memories from their vacations.
There are three types of vaccinations:
Routine Vaccines: These are the standard adult and childhood vaccines that are recommended for the general U.S. population.
Recommended Vaccines: These are the vaccines that can help to protect you in areas that there is an intermediate or high risk for certain diseases or illnesses. They also help spread disease from one country to another.
Required Vaccines: These are vaccines that you must have if you will be traveling to certain areas. The yellow fever vaccine may be required for travel to certain parts of Africa and South America.
Below is a list of vaccine-preventable travel-related diseases that are not covered by routine adult vaccinations:
Typhoid and paratyphoid fever
Vaccines vary according to age and health condition of the traveler, location they are traveling to and more. It is recommended that you speak with your health care provider regarding your travel plans to come up with the best plan for you.
Many vaccines have a schedule that requires multiple immunizations over a course of six weeks or more, so it is important to plan well ahead of time.
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