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When planning a trip abroad, health and safety are important issues.  Nothing can ruin a trip more quickly than becoming ill.  Keep these tips in mind as you prepare for your journey:

  • Travelers should have all of their “regular” vaccinations and immunizations that are required for public school in the US.  These would include measles, mumps, rubella, etc.
  • Make sure your tetanus shot is up to date!  This one is only good for 10 years, so if you can’t remember your last booster, you’re probably due!
  • If you plan to get your vaccinations at your doctor’s office, be sure to let them know which vaccines you want when you make an appointment.  Some of these vaccines aren’t commonly carried in a doctor’s office, and may need to be pre-ordered.
  • A great way to save money is to arrange to get your vaccines at your local health department.  In addition to avoiding an office visit fee, you can also expect to pay a significantly lower cost for the immunizations themselves.  If you’ve never been to your local health department, you can find it by googling “Department of Health” and your county and state. 
  • Your travel destination will determine what immunizations you will need for safe travel.  To find the latest immunization information for your destination, please visit the CDC website.