Planning an upcoming summer vacation? Or perhaps you have already planned it? Either way, it happen to be going somewhere outside of the United States, make sure you check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website to ensure you have all of the proper vaccinations required or recommended to visit your country of choice.
Many countries recommend that you are up to date on your routine vaccinations, including the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
The CDC also recommends specific vaccinations per country, for example if you are planning a trip to travel to Indonesia, Hepatitis A and Typhoid are recommended because you can contract both through contaminated food or water in Indonesia, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
Other countries recommend the rabies vaccination if your trip includes outdoor physical activities such as camping, hiking, biking or adventure travel. While others recommend malaria medications for areas where you may susceptible to mosquito bites that have seen cases of malaria.
Even if you are staying in the United States you may still want to check with your doctor to ensure you are up to date on your vaccinations, especially if you are going places where outdoor and adventure activities are on your checklist. And if you are traveling outside the United States check the CDC website and call us to schedule an appointment for your vaccinations at least 6 weeks to a month prior to leaving for your trip.Tags: cdc, travel, travel vaccinations, traveling abroad, vaccinations, vaccinations for travel