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Foreign Travel Vaccines

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

It is exciting to plan a big trip out of the country. Whether you are vacationing in China, doing business in Japan, going on a mission in Ethiopia, or going anywhere else in the world, it is important to budget for a sometimes overlooked expense of travel outside of the states, travel vaccines.

Each country has it’s own unique mix of health issues and they change periodically. Just because you’ve been to a certain locale before, do not assume you have all the required vaccines. Each time you travel, check to see if you are in need of additional vaccines, or boosters for those you may have had in the past.

To find out what vaccines are recommended for your destination, go to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov. It is important to educate yourself on what vaccines are needed to ensure you are fully immunized prior to your trip, but it is also important to find a provider that will confirm your immunization needs.

Contact your physician or travel health department a minimum of four to six weeks before your travel dates. This will allow your provider time to order vaccines that may not be in stock; or to administer them in an adequate time frame. Some vaccines may take weeks or months to develop full immunity.

In addition to required vaccines it is also important to review your routine vaccines each time you travel. It is recommended that you stay current on your MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) and Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis) as well as Influenza. Currently there is a travel advisory regarding a Polio outbreak in China and parts of the Middle East and Africa and they are recommending a polio booster if traveling in these specific areas. It is important to check the CDC website often to be sure you are prepared for whatever may come your way while you are traveling.

Sometimes travel vaccines may seem expensive and they are normally not covered by insurance, but if you compare it to the cost of having a major illness far from home where there may not be quality healthcare available to you and your family, or the expense of an air ambulance, the cost of immunizations seems minimal.

For more information on foreign travel vaccines call Saltzer’s Foreign Travel Department at 463-3170.

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