Travel Immunizations, From A-Z.
As I wrote about in a previous post, I'm going on a crazy trip around the world this summer. Whenever I want to travel to a new place, the first thing I think of is usually one of these two questions: will I need a visa? What immunizations are required? Flights and hotels can be arranged last minute and visas can often be "rushed", (much like I had to do when I traveled to China in October), but if you don't have the immunizations you need, there's no easy way around it.
In this post, I'm going to share with you an easy way to figure out what immunizations you need, (if any at all), how to obtain these vaccinations/medications and how much you can expect it to cost you. First off, where do you look?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), is an excellent resource when it comes to quickly figuring out what you need for where you're going. Firstly, head on over to the Traveler's Health section on their website by clicking here. It will take you to a page that looks like this, where you can select the country you'll be visiting from a list.
If you're traveling to multiple countries, you'll have to check each one individually but it doesn't take long. After choosing your country, it will show you required and recommended vaccines/medications and who needs them. For example, let's look at Thailand:
As you can see, it lists what all travelers should be up to date on routine vaccines including MMR, Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, Chickenpox, Polio, and a yearly flu shot. Below that, it shows that most travelers should get a Hepatitis A vaccination along with a Typhoid vaccine and some travelers need additional vaccinations depending on what you will be doing on your trip.
Where to Get Vaccinations & Cost
There are many travel clinics all over the U.S. that can provide immunizations and many doctors can provide the more common ones. Your doctor can more than likely either give you the vaccines required or give you a recommendation for a travel clinic.
The cost of immunizations varies by insurance, provider, and type. However many insurances cover them fully, (many insurance companies cover 100% of any immunization required or recommended by the CDC).
Being safe while you travel should always be a top priority. No one enjoys being sick and many countries do not have adequate health care, which can provide major issues should you need it. I hope this helps ease the process of figuring out what you need for your next trip and how to obtain it!