Top Immunizations to Get Before You Travel for the Holidays

Published On: November 16, 2022Categories: Uncategorized

Prioritizing healthcare can be an easy task to lose sight of, especially when it comes to immunizations, but not doing so can be fatal. According to Experity, over 70% of medical visits were COVID-19-related in December of 2020. Immunizations have been an important facet of healthcare, especially after the emergence of COVID-19 and rapid testing. If you’re planning on traveling, it’s crucial to receive the necessary immunizations. While there are certainly others, you’ll want to make sure you receive these immunizations below.

1. Shingles

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults 50 years or older should receive two doses of the shingles vaccine. Additionally, young adults 19 years or older with weak immune systems should also receive two doses. A doctor provides this immunization as a shot in the upper arm.

2. Chickenpox

Chickenpox is less common today than in the early 1990s, when 100 to 150 patients died from the disease per year, according to the CDC. Individuals who have never received the vaccine should receive two doses.

3. Hepatitis A and B

These diseases tend to be found in areas with insufficient sanitation. Hepatitis A can be contracted through contaminated food or water, while Hepatitis B can be contracted through bodily fluids. This immunization is highly recommended before traveling to developing countries.

4. Typhoid

This illness is caused by Salmonella Typhi bacteria and a person infected with these bacteria can pass them to others. Usually, this occurs when infected people use bathrooms without washing their hands and then contaminate items they come into physical contact with.

5. Yellow Fever

This disease is caused by the yellow fever virus. Many people who are infected with this disease manage not to get sick or only show mild symptoms. Still, it can be fatal in some cases. Yellow fever spreads by mosquitoes.

6. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

Within the United States, measles is still relatively rare and many of its cases in the U.S. come from residents returning from international travel. By making sure to get immunized, you protect both yourself and others.

You’re planning for your trip, either national or international, and you’re excited. Don’t let the excitement go to waste by failing to get properly immunized and becoming sick on your trip. Make sure to get all the immunizations you need, especially for the specific area you’re traveling to. Contact us today to get started protecting yourself with the right immunizations.