The Importance of Vaccines Before Travelling Abroad


The Importance of Vaccines Before Travelling Abroad

Traveling abroad is an exciting adventure that everyone will like to have. The excitement you get when you pack your luggage and get your passport and visa makes you feel as if you should increase the pace of the clock. But you must not forget to put one thing on your preparation list: getting the right vaccines.

Travel Inoculation

Although many diseases have been eradicated in developing countries like the U.S., Canada, and many other countries in Western Europe, some of them are still prevalent in other developing countries in Asia, Africa, and South America. A good example is measles. This disease is hardly reported in America and the few cases reported occurred because of the contact made by the sufferers in foreign countries. Americans have an advanced health care system that gives vaccines to children against polio, chickenpox, measles and other diseases that cause children to die or suffer permanent disabilities as they grow. But this is not the case in all other countries.

Why You Should Get Vaccinated Before You Travel Abroad

Due to the differences in the environment and health care delivery in various countries, it is vital to go to your physician or health care provider and receive inoculation for specific diseases before you leave the shores of this country. The main reason for getting vaccinations is to provide a form of protection for yourself and your loved ones against prevalent diseases and other health hazards

Just like many people receive flu vaccinations each year, there are ailments that the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the government of the country you are planning to visit will require you to take. These vaccinations and other booster shots are supposed to give your body the immunity required to prevent you from contracting any disease that is common in that country but has been eradicated in yours.

Vaccinations are particularly important for children who have weaker immune systems and can fall sick more easily than adults. Vaccinations will save your child’s life and also help you to avoid spending a lot of money to pay for health care in a country where you may not be able to enjoy any major health insurance benefits. Vaccinations protect children from complications of vaccine preventable diseases that may cause amputation of a leg, paralysis, loss of hearing, brain damage, convulsions, and death.

Procedure for Obtaining Vaccinations

You need to pay a visit to a physician to determine the vaccinations and boosters you will need before you travel. Your health care provider will examine your medical history closely to be able to recommend specific vaccinations. The factors considered include:

* Your age

* Your health status

* Previous booster shots

* Previous vaccinations

* Your travel destination

* The season in which you are traveling.

Examples of the type of vaccinations you may need to take before you travel include:

* Yellow Fever

* Typhoid Fever

* Rabies

* Hepatitis A

* Hepatitis B

* Japanese Encephalitis

Another disease you have to watch out for is malaria. But since malaria has no vaccine, your physician may recommend preventive antimalarial medication for you to take, before you visit a country where malaria is prevalent.

A Good Alternative

If for any reason, you cannot receive the appropriate immunizations from your doctor, you can check at your Local Central Coast VNA and Hospice Office. When you get there, you will be able to have all your immunizations without delay. They offer the same service you will receive at your health care provider’s office within half an hour. A registered nurse (RN) will help you select all the immunizations you need just the way a physician will and help you determine your needs.

Dr. Sue Reddy specializes in the treatment of infectious disease among many other specialties. She understands what is required to live a healthy, active life. Please feel free to take a look around her website and if you feel she provides services you may be interested in, give Dr. Reddy a call. Her staff would be more than happy to set up an appointment and answer any questions you may have.

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