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Travel Tip: Immunizations for Travel — an Introduction

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When traveling abroad, accounting for time to get your immunizations scheduled & completed is a key part of the planning process. In this post we provide a high level overview of what you need to know about travel immunizations.

Which vaccinations do I need for my upcoming travels?

The Center for Disease Control offers a website to determine the required and recommended vaccinations for every country.

If you are planning on traveling to multiple regions, consider getting additional immunizations for increased travel flexibility.

If you only have a general idea of where you’d like to travel, and are open to changing plans, you may consider we thought it necessary to bolster your immunizations. Take this precautionary step to give yourself additional flexibility in your travels.

Some travelers got their vaccinations while on the road, sometimes at highly discounted rates relative to their home countries. Consult with your doctor about your plans.

Confirm with your insurance if they cover any of your travel immunizations and the availability of the immunizations you may need.

Call your insurance provider to determine whether they will reimburse you for the cost of any of your vaccinations.

Where you are located determines where you can receive these immunizations. There are pharmacies, travel clinics, doctor’s offices and urgent care clinics offer many of the common immunizations. Call ahead to confirm, especially for Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis and Typhoid.

You may need to return to the clinic to get a follow-on booster.

Some immunizations require additional boosters. They usually come with a window of time to complete the second or third booster to increase efficacy. Understand how this needs to be spaced out prior to your departure and schedule accordingly.

We are not medical professionals. Please consult your own doctor to determine the appropriate immunizations for your trip.

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