The Importance of Vaccinations for Spring Travel

May 4, 2023

Spring is the most popular vacation time and if you’re going to be traveling internationally for spring break or if you’re planning an international family vacation after school lets out for the year your family will need vaccinations before you travel.  You can get all of the vaccinations that you’ll need now and cross getting vaccinated off your travel to-do list.

For same-day vaccinations and travel health services, visit AFC Urgent Care Waltham! You can simply walk into the clinic or book an appointment online to plan your visit in advance.

The Importance Of Vaccinations For Travel Health

Vaccinations will protect you and your family if you’re exposed to illnesses when you’re traveling. And getting vaccinated will help protect other people that you come into contact with when you’re on vacation. All the members of your family need to be current on their routine vaccinations before your trip begins. And it’s a good idea to check the vaccination requirements for the countries that you will be visiting or traveling through because some countries have their own requirements.

When you’re traveling you should always practice good hygiene and try to avoid getting sick. Wash your hands with soap frequently and use hand sanitizer when you can’t wash your hands. Try to stick with bottled water, and if that’s not possible boil or purify the water you have before you drink it. You should also not get tattoos or piercings in foreign countries to avoid any risk of blood-borne illness.

Common Vaccinations Required For International Travel

Every country has their own restrictions and requirements when it comes to vaccinations that travelers must have but most countries are going to require that everyone in your family be current on these vaccinations:

  •  Measles
  •  Mumps
  •  Rubella or MMR
  •  Chicken Pox
  •  Flu
  •  Tetanus

Many countries also now require a Covid-19 vaccination for adults. Another illness that you should be aware of is Yellow Fever. You will probably see warnings about Yellow Fever from the CDC. It’s true that many countries require proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever but only if the traveler is arriving from a country where Yellow Fever is common. It’s not common in the United States.

So if you’re traveling from the United States to another country you likely will not need a vaccination against Yellow Fever. Yellow Fever is only common in the tropical regions of South American and in sub-Saharan Africa. If you are planning on going to any tropic countries in South America or to any parts of sub-Saharan Africa you should get a Yellow Fever vaccination to be safe.

Get The Vaccinations You Need To Travel Now At Urgent Care

You and your family can get the vaccinations that you need to travel this spring at Urgent Care. Getting vaccinations at Urgent Care is fast and efficient. You can even schedule an appointment that works for you online! AFC Urgent Care Waltham is a great resource for families looking to support their health and wellness throughout the year. As a full-service urgent care provider, you can simply walk into the clinic for all of your vaccination and travel health needs. If you have any additional questions, please contact our team directly at (781) 894-6900.

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