Traveling? Don’t Forget Immunizations!

Travel season will be here before we know it! Spring break is just around the corner and many may already be planning their summer vacations. There’s a lot to remember when you’re planning a trip – what needs to be packed, chores and errands that need to be done before you go, and who will take care of your home or property while you’re gone.  These are just a few things that may be on your to-do list. Another thing you should be sure to consider is the need for immunizations.

Depending on your destination, certain immunizations may be required or recommended. Your health care provider or one of CCHD’s Public Health Nurses can help you determine which vaccinations are important for you. Most vaccines take time to become effective and some must be given in a series over a period of weeks or months; this is why you should try to visit your provider at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip. If it is less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still see a public health nurse or your health care provider. Vaccinations can still be beneficial, and your provider can give you information about how to protect yourself from injury and illness while visiting your destination.

Regardless of where you go, it’s important that you and anyone you are travelling with is up-to-date on routine vaccinations; many diseases that rarely occur in the United States are still common in other parts of the world. Many people infected with diseases like Measles or Pertussis contract the disease when they visit overseas locations, or they contact these diseases after they’ve been in contact with someone who has been overseas where the disease is more prevalent.

Protect yourself and the ones you love from preventable infectious diseases at home and when traveling by making sure that everyone is vaccinated! Not sure if you or your children are up-to-date on immunizations? Click here to view vaccination schedules or call 454-6950 and ask to speak with a Public Health Nurse.

For more information on travel vaccinations, visit The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

You can also visit CCHD’s Immunization page or call a Public Health Nurse at 454-6950 to learn more.