Get the Most Out of Summer Travel: Keep Up to Date with Vaccines!

Posted on July 7, 2011

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Did you know your kids may need vaccines or proof of immunity to enter day camps and overnight camps? Check with your pediatrician or local health department to make sure your child to up-to-date on vaccines.

Also, travel within the U.S. or to other countries can be an opportunity for work, fun and relaxation, but also exposure to unfamiliar disease. Make sure you and your loved ones are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases that may be only a plane ride away.

There are 3 types of vaccines for travelers:

  • Routine–Routine vaccines (for example, measles and rubella) protect you from diseases that are still common in many parts of the world, even though they may rarely occur in the United States:  such as MMR.
  • Recommended–Some vaccines are specifically recommended based on your destination, the season of the year, your age, your health status, and your vaccination history: such as TDAP
  • Required–Certain vaccines are required for travel, such as yellow fever vaccination for travel to certain countries in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America.

Visit Vaccines.gov or cdc.gov to learn more about travel vaccines, and plan to visit a travel health specialist 4-6 weeks before travelling internationally to make sure you are protected.

If you have any questions please call us at the Mayors Health Line (617-534-5050).

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