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Immunizations for traveling

Immunizations for traveling

November 26, 2013
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Are you traveling to another country? Medical Centre Pharmacy is here to help!

Some vaccinations are required for you to travel to certain areas of the world.

Find out which vaccinations you will need.

The mandatory and/or voluntary vaccinations are different for every country. The CDC’s website has a complete list of vaccinations that should be checked, prior to travel to any country. You can view the complete list by clicking here.

Schedule a visit with your doctor 4 – 6 weeks before you plan on traveling.

Visiting your doctor (or travel medicine specialist) is important before traveling because they can answer any travel health–related questions and make specific recommendations for you.

Determine if those traveling with you have any special health considerations.

If you are traveling with an infant or child, or are pregnant, there may be additional steps you need to take to ensure you all stay healthy. Infants and children need special considerations when traveling out of the country, as they are more susceptible to certain infections and diseases. These may include:

  • Diarrheal illnesses
  • Dermatologic conditions, including animal bites
  • Systemic febrile illnesses (especially malaria)
  • Respiratory disorders

Read more on how you can protect your child while traveling.

Traveling pregnant?

If you are pregnant and are traveling to another country, it is best to consult your physician 4 – 6 weeks before leaving. There are many vaccination–preventable diseases still prevalent in other areas of the world that aren’t common in the United States. Some vaccinations are not safe for women that are pregnant. That is why it’s best to consult your physician before travel to discuss where you will be traveling to, and what risks you may encounter.

Click here for more information about traveling while pregnant.

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