Heading out of the country this summer? It’s a good idea to check with a medical professional to see if you need any travel vaccines or medicines before you leave. Give yourself plenty of time, since it can take as many as 4-6 weeks for some meds to take full effect, and some vaccines may need more than one shot. Of course, you’ll want to be up to date on all the usual vaccines you should get for everyday life in the U.S. Those diseases are also in other countries, so if you protect yourself at home, you’ll also be covered while you’re away. Here’s your guide to vaccines for overseas summer vacations:
Cover your bases: be up-to-date on your routine vaccines
Because of competent vaccine coverage of children in the United States, some of the diseases prevented by routine vaccines rarely occur here. However, these diseases can be much more common in other countries, even in areas where you wouldn’t normally worry about travel-related illnesses. For example, although ( up until recently) measles is rare in the United States, it is more common in other countries. Measles outbreaks (link opens in a new tab) happen frequently in many popular tourist destinations in Europe and beyond—don’t go unprotected!
Being up-to-date on your routine vaccines will give you the best protection against these illnesses.
Summer overseas travel vaccines and meds you will need
Before visiting certain countries, international travel regulations require travelers to receive different vaccinations prior to arriving. For instance, a Yellow Fever vaccination (link opens in new tab) is required in order to travel to South America or parts of Southern Africa. Consult with a medical professional on which travel vaccines are right for you!
- Medicines for malaria, diarrhea, motion sickness, & altitude sickness
- Required & recommended travel vaccines such as:
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