Traveling does not only involve packing your bags, completing all your travel documents and getting a house sitter or pet sitter for the duration of your trip. More importantly, you have to make sure that you are physically ready to face your travel adventures. Regardless of your age or purpose of traveling, taking travel vaccinations weeks or days before your trip must never be an option.
Good health guarantees fun, happy, safe and enjoyable trip. To ensure good health, you need to be aware of the must-have travel vaccinations especially when you are traveling abroad. Vaccines for travel are classified under three categories; routine, recommended and required. You need to familiarize yourself with these things ahead of time.
Routine vaccinations offer protection against diseases that are common in many parts of the world. Recommended vaccines for travel are those that are intended to protect travelers from the illnesses o infectious diseases that are present in the country and nearby territories that they intend to visit. This type of vaccination depend on factors like your destination, the amount of time or number of days you intend to stay in that location, the season of the year in which you plan on traveling, your age, previous immunizations and overall health status. Lastly, required vaccinations refer to the travel vaccines required by the International Health Regulations. Vaccines for yellow fever are required for people traveling to the countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Tropical South America. Meningococcal vaccination is required from tourist by the government of Saudi Arabia, especially during Hajj.
Recommended travel vaccinations are perhaps the most overlooked point of travel preparations. Taking vaccines for diseases like hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Rabies, typhoid, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Japanese encephalitis are recommended for those who plan to spend a month or longer in rural areas and for travelers who plans on spending substantial time outdoors.
Elderly travelers, otherwise known as immunocompromised persons, who may have chronic liver disease or chronic medical conditions are advised to have a single intramuscular dose of immune globulin, two weeks before departure. Very young travelers, those who are one-year old or younger, especially those who have shown allergic reactions to vaccine component, should also receive a single intramuscular those of immune globulin in place of the allergic travel vaccine.
Travel vaccinations are meant to protect you contracting illnesses or infectious diseases that may harm or injure you during your trip. Although vaccines offer some level of health protection, you still need to remember certain precautionary measure to prevent getting sick while traveling. Rule number one: never drink water from tap unless it has been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected. Also, refrain from drinking unbottled beverages or drinks with ice. eat only piping hot cooked foods. If you are going to try some local fruits and vegetables, make sure that they are peeled and cooked. Also, refrain from eating raw or undercooked meat or fish.
One thing travelers must include in their travel preparation checklist is a visit to their doctor for their travel vaccinations. Visiting their personal physicians or assigned travel health clinic must be done four to eight weeks before departure. This is because some vaccines take time to become effective. There are vaccines that may also bring temporary side-effects after injection. There are vaccines that can never be injected at the same time; hence, time intervals may be observed. Travel vaccinations are usually given in series over a period of days or weeks.
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