When traveling abroad, it is important to be aware of the potential risks of contracting a number of vaccine-preventable diseases. To protect yourself and others, it is essential to get vaccinated before traveling. Vaccines can help protect against a range of illnesses, including diphtheria, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b, human papillomavirus, seasonal influenza, measles, parotitis, pertussis, rubella, pneumococcal, yellow fever (YF), and malaria. Cholera is rare among travelers but can occur in certain situations.
It is recommended to visit a healthcare provider or travel clinic at least six weeks before the trip. These clinics specialize in hard-to-find travel vaccines and are staffed by highly trained doctors who can administer them properly and at a competitive price. Depending on your age, planned activities, and local conditions, you may need additional vaccinations. It is also important to consult an embassy or consulate in the destination country for updated information on entry and exit requirements before traveling abroad.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website provides a list of yellow fever clinics that can provide the necessary vaccines for travel outside the United States. Even traveling on an airplane with other international travelers could put you at risk of contracting the disease. Before departure, travelers must have a medical consultation to find out the risk of illness in the country or countries they plan to visit and the measures they must take to prevent the disease.Getting vaccinated before traveling is essential to ensure global public health and to help people stay healthy during and after their trips. We take your privacy very seriously and you can review and change the way we collect information at any time.