Travel outside the United States is growing in popularity for professional, social, recreational and humanitarian purposes. More people travel greater distances and at greater speed than ever before, and this upward trend looks set to continue. Diseases that are rare in this country are still prevalent elsewhere. Even domestic travel may put you at risk if you go to an area with a high rate of certain infectious disease such as hepatitis A.
Travel immunizations and vaccines can ensure better health on your trip and for years afterward. Check with your health care provider well in advance of any extended travel plans to see if any special immunizations are recommended.
Timing is important because some vaccinations need time in your system before they reach full protection, or may require two or more shots administered over a couple of weeks.
As soon as you know your destinations, schedule an appointment with your doctor or local travel clinic.