Published on March 31, 2014

Going on an International Trip? Protect Yourself with Vaccines

PELLA, Iowa –If you are preparing for travel outside of the U.S. — whether it is for a vacation or a mission trip — find out which vaccines you need to protect yourself from diseases that you may be exposed to in other countries. Many vaccine-preventable diseases rarely seen in the U.S. are still causing outbreaks of disease in other parts of the world.

Your risk while traveling depends on many factors, including where you are traveling, your health status and your vaccine history. Health risks are higher in certain countries and rural areas because of differences in sanitary conditions, food and water sources, diseases circulating and immunization coverage.

Immunization is one of the best ways to protect yourself while traveling and avoid illness that could ruin your trip or come home with you. An appointment with your health care provider is required to ensure the appropriate vaccines are given.

Timing with vaccinations is critical. Your appointment with your health care provided should be scheduled at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip. Planning ahead will give you enough time to build up immunity and get best protection from vaccines that may require multiple doses. Schedule an appointment by going to www.pellahealth.org/requestanappointment.