These days if you think of travel vaccinations the very first thing that comes in mind is Covid 19 pandemic, however, there is more to it and we should all be very aware when planning a travel.
Some vaccines have to be administered well in advance for your body to build immunity. And some travel vaccines involve multiple doses spread out over several months or years. It is important to understand what the risks are and when you are likely to be exposed if you do travel. By following safe eating habits and making sure to drink plenty of fluids you can greatly reduce your risks of exposure.
There are some countries that are on the International Health Organization’s list of countries at risk for travel-related diseases, so you should have the vaccinations and other protection you need before you leave.
The first thing to do is to make sure that any travel vaccinations you need will be up to date. You can do this by calling your local office and asking specifically where to get the vaccination. In some cases the provider may be able to check for you and let you know if there is a risk for travel.
If they cannot find the information for your specific vaccine in their database, you will need to check with the World Health Organization website or your country’s travel-medicine association. They will be able to tell you what countries are on their list of countries at risk.
Types of Vaccinations
When it comes to the types of travel vaccinations, there are several factors to consider. There places with a high risk for Meningitis, some of these countries have a requirement for a vaccine which in the most majority is only available for women. If you are traveling to areas where there is a high risk for meningitis, your doctor will likely recommend that you get the meningitis vaccine or perhaps another one.
If you have never contracted the chicken-pox virus, you should definitely consider a vaccination prior to travel in countries abroad as contracting a virus like that while traveling can result in high hospital bills as the chicken-pox virus tends to be a very heavy one to pass especially for those over thirty years old. Normally the chicken-pox vaccine requires 2 doses at different times so be sure to do this well in advance.
When it comes to the booster shots for women, there are several things you can do to make sure you are up to date. You should schedule one or two shots before you leave for your trip. If you are traveling to low-income countries, you may be able to get a free travel vaccines and a hepatitis B vaccine since these diseases are often spread due to poor hygiene.