Travel Immunizations

Immunization Facts

  • When planning a trip, the last thing you want to think about is illness.
  • Immunizations are one of the best ways to protect yourself from serious diseases, many of which can be life threatening.
  • The purpose of a vaccine is to stimulate the body’s defense system in order to prepare it for a future encounter with an infectious disease.

Travel Vaccine Categories Include:

  • Routine
  • Recommended
  • Required

Routine Immunizations:

  • These are the vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for all Americans living in the United States.
  • All adults should update these routine immunizations every 10 years, even if they do not plan to travel.
  • Tetanus and Diphtheria status should be addressed before you travel.
  • Health Tip: Certain health conditions can dramatically increase a traveler’s risks. If you are pregnant or have a chronic medical condition such as allergies, asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy, be sure to consult a health care professional prior to departure.

Recommended Immunizations:

  • These vaccines are recommended by the CDC for travelers and are based on the specific countries on the itinerary, planned activities, and current health status. Your health care professional may recommend one or more of these immunizations.
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Meningococcal
  • Rabies
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella,
  • Varicella
  • Yellow Fever

Required Immunizations:

  • These vaccines are usually required by the destination country and the traveler will need proof of the immunizations in order to get through customs.
  • Meningococcal
  • Yellow Fever

"Behold, children are a gift of the Lord;
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them."
Psalm 127:3a,5a