Each year millions of Americans travel abroad for vacation, business, or to visit friends and family. Unfortunately, about half of these international travelers get sick or injured during their trip.
The good news is that most travel-related sickness and injury can be prevented. You are likely to be a traveler who has an enjoyable trip free from illness or injury when you follow these tips:
Be informed: Learn about travel health risks and what to do to avoid them before your trip.
Be ready: Get any vaccinations (shots) or medicines that you will need before your trip.
Be smart while you travel: Make sure you follow travel safety tips while you are on your trip
We offer the following vaccines for travel shots. Please call ahead of time to make sure they are in stock.
Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A virus. It is found in the stool of persons with Hepatitis A. It is usually spread by close personal contact and sometimes by eating food or drinking contaminated water.
Hepatitis B is a serious disease that also affects the liver caused by the Hepatitis B virus. Acute illness can lead to loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, tiredness, jaundice, and pain in the muscles, joints and stomach. Chronic infection can lead to liver damage, liver cancer and even death.
Meningitis is an infection of fluid surrounding the brain and the spinal cord. Meningococcal disease also causes blood infections.
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella are three diseases caused by viruses. Measles causes a rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation, and fever. It can lead to ear infection, pneumonia, seizures (jerking and staring), brain damage, and death. Mumps causes fever, headache, and swollen glands. It can lead to deafness, meningitis (infection of the brain and spinal cord covering), painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries, and, rarely, death. Rubella causes a rash, mild fever, and arthritis (mostly in women). If a woman gets rubella while she is pregnant, she could have a miscarriage or her baby could be born with serious birth defects.
Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly disease. It is caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis (can’t move parts of the body). It can kill people who get it, usually by paralyzing the muscles that help them breathe.
Rabies is caused by a virus. It is mainly a disease of animals. Humans get rabies when bitten by infected animals.
Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) are three serious diseases caused by bacteria. Tetanus causes painful muscle spasms and stiffness. Tetanus kills 1 out of 5 people who are infected. Diphtheria leads to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death. Pertussis (whooping cough) causes severe coughing spells which can lead to difficulty breathing, vomiting, and disturbed sleep.
Typhoid causes a high fever, weakness, stomach pains, headache, loss of appetite and sometimes a rash. Some people who get typhoid become "carriers", who can spread the disease to others. This vaccine last for 2 years.
Updated October 5, 2023
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