Vaccines protect travelers from acquiring infections overseas that may not normally be found in their home country. It is very important to get the required vaccination before traveling abroad. You may also need to consider getting the recommended vaccination before leaving your home country for extra protection.
What vaccines do I need before I travel?
The type of vaccine that you should get before you travel mostly depends on where you plan to go. For one, you should be up to date with your routine vaccines. Routine vaccines are those that are recommended for everyone in your home country based on age, health condition, or other risk factors. Most countries recommend getting measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, and polio vaccine.
If you travel to Africa and South America, you might be required to get a yellow fever vaccine before you travel. Some countries like Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania require a yellow card (proof of vaccination) before they allow you to enter the country. Based on experience, East Africa is quite strict when it comes to yellow fever vaccine. If you are in the Philippines, here’s how you can get a Yellow Fever Vaccine.
Dengue, Malaria, and measles outbreaks happen frequently in many popular destinations so don’t go unprotected! Get a travel insurance so you can travel back home immediately if needed without worrying the cost.
Other Recommended Vaccines
Depending on your destination, you might need to get a vaccine for some known diseases and infections.
- Malaria Vaccine
- Typhoid Vaccine
- Hepatitis A Vaccine
- Rabies Vaccine
You may need other vaccines before you travel depending on where you plan to go, your medical history, your planned activities, and other health risks. Check out the World Health Organization website to know the required and recommended vaccines for each country you plan to visit.