Travel Health Information
Every year more Americans are searching online for travel health info as they prepare for international travel. Whether your trip abroad is for vacation, business, school or volunteer work, we can help with the preparation for your trip. At each CareSpot, we have a trained travel doctor waiting to provide the immediate health care services you need for safe and healthy travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage all overseas travelers to be proactive, to be prepared and to be protected when it comes to their health. As a first step, we recommend that you gather as much travel health info as possible about the countries you plan to visit (see Find Your Destination).
Travel Vaccines and Travel Shots
Travel vaccines and travel shots fall into one of three categories as identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization: routine, recommended and required. Your initial concern when planning a trip outside the country is to be certain that you are up to date on all routine immunizations. This would include your annual flu shots as influenza can quickly reach pandemic status as it spreads around the world. Most healthy travelers can recover from the flu without consequence, but certain groups of people are at higher risk for more serious complications including death. Anytime a virus emerges for which there is little to no immunity in the human population, the virus can cause serious illness as it spreads from person-to-person. So, never ignore the need for routine immunizations and travel vaccines.
Recommended Travel Immunizations
Recommended travel immunizations can be found by the country of destination using our website's convenient world travel map. These are vaccinations that are not required for entry into a foreign country but that are highly recommended when traveling to certain regions or during particular seasons. If you have any concerns about your needs for a specific travel vaccine, let your travel doctor know during your pre-trip consultation. The only vaccine currently required by International Health Regulations* is yellow fever vaccination for travel to certain countries in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America. However, regulations for a yellow fever vaccination certificate can be established by individual countries as needed to prevent the importation and transmission of the disease. All international travelers must comply with these requirements as issued. Click on the CDC's link for the latest yellow fever vaccine requirements by country.
*The government of Saudi Arabia requires Meningococcal vaccination for participation in the annual pilgrimage to Mecca during Hajj which the largest religious gathering in the world. For additional information, see the CDC's most current bulletins on international travel health and their recommendations for travel immunizations requirements during Hajj.
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