What vaccines are needed before traveling?
Make sure you are up to date with routine vaccines before traveling. Traveling to other countries may put you in contact with diseases that are rare in the United States, but are common in other countries. Depending on your travel destination, you may also need vaccines to prevent diseases that are non-existent in the US, such as yellow fever, or medication to prevent malaria. Talk with the doctors at AllCare about your travel plans to determine which travel vaccinations are required before your trip.
What are the different types of travel vaccines?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) divides travel vaccines into three categories: routine vaccines, required vaccines, and recommended vaccines.
Travelers should stay up to date with routine vaccines recommended for everyone in the US based on their age and health condition. Routine vaccines include those required before starting school and those recommended annually, such as the flu vaccine, or every decade, such as a tetanus booster shot.
Travelers should obtain any required vaccines of the country you are planning to visit. The most common required vaccine for travelers is for yellow fever.
Travelers should get vaccines recommended by the CDC to protect your health and reduce your risk for disease and illness even though the vaccines aren’t required by the government of the country you’re visiting. Typhoid vaccines are commonly recommended to travelers to prevent typhoid, a serious disease spread through contaminated water and food.
Who gives travel vaccinations?
If traveling to countries with similar health risks as those in the United States, you can visit your family care doctor at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta for travel vaccines. If you’re traveling to multiple countries with varying health risks or have a pre-existing health condition, you may need to visit a travel medicine specialist before you travel.
When should you get travel vaccinations?
Travelers should plan to get travel vaccinations or medicines at least one month prior to leaving the country. Some vaccinations will require more than one dose for effectiveness. If you are traveling unexpectedly or forgot to plan ahead, you should still call AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta to get travel vaccines to reduce your health risks while traveling.
If you are planning to travel, make an appointment using the online booking tool or by calling AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta for travel vaccines, or visit us during our walk-in hours. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 7:00pm for walk-ins and on Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm.