How Important Are Travel Vaccinations?

How Important Are Travel Vaccinations?

Today’s feature was brought to you by Walgreens.

One question I’m asked frequently is about travel immunizations for adult travelers. Are travel vaccines still important?

YES, in many cases (especially if you were not regularly vaccinated as a child). Let’s dive in and discuss.

how important are travel vaccinations

What destinations require a travel immunization?

Your number one resource for country-by-country travel vaccines is the CDC’s Travelers Health Directory. You can find details for every country in the world, along with recommendations for all types of travelers.

The country pages include recent travel warnings and detailed (excruciatingly detailed, in fact) recommendations for saying safe and not getting sick, even just a stomach bug. If you are at all worried about health on your trip, that is the place to go.

TIP: You might have to call up your mom and dad if they’re still around, or talk to your doctor, because you may not know what your current immunization status is.


Where should you get a travel immunization?

So, what do you do if the CDC has an immunization recommendation for you?

One of the reasons we’ve partnered with Walgreens is because they offer an excellent Travel Health Service that includes reviewing your itinerary, providing vaccine recommendations, and of course the vaccines themselves. They’re also currently running a “Shot at Life” campaign, in which for every shot they sell, they’ll give an underprivileged child a shot too.

You should check with your medical insurance and/or your primary health physician; they may have some recommended providers locally that will cover your immunization – these often cover stores like Walgreens, which are usually a bit more convenient than your physician.

Should you still not have a good recommendation, take a look at the CDC’s travel clinic directory, which also includes clinics that specialize in travel (useful if you have a long or complex itinerary).

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What else should I know about travel vaccines?

Many vaccines will leave you feeling a touch under-the-weather after you are inoculated. There is also an incubation period before you are fully protected. Your clinic should give you all the facts, but it’s important to not wait until the last minute to get vaccinated.


Today’s feature was brought to you by Walgreens. Walgreens has partnered with the United Nations Foundation’s Shot at Life campaign.

Until October 14, 2013 for every person who receives a flu shot or any immunization at Walgreens, they’ll help supply a lifesaving vaccine to a child in a developing country. Together, this partnership will provide up to three million vaccines for life threatening diseases like measles and polio. By getting your vaccinations, you’re giving a child a shot at something special.

So, Get A Shot. Give A Shot.

Disclaimer: This information is for your general knowledge, not a substitute for professional medial advice. Always seek the support of a qualified health provider for your individual health situation.

How Important Are Travel Vaccinations?

Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes is the founder and creator of Plum Deluxe. He authors our award-winning weekly email newsletter, The Blend and curates our popular organic tea of the month club.

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