- Immunizations are one of the best ways to protect yourself from serious diseases, many of which can be life threatening.
- The purpose of a vaccine is to stimulate the body's defense system to prepare it for a future encounter with an infectious disease.
- Certain health conditions can dramatically increase a traveler's risk. If you’re pregnant or have a chronic medical condition such as allergies, asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy, be sure to consult a healthcare professional or a Kelsey-Seybold Travel Medicine professional prior to departure.
There are three types of immunizations:
All adults should update tetanus and diphtheria immunizations every 10 years, even if there aren’t plans to travel.
Some countries will require proof of these immunizations before entry:
Depending on your itinerary, planned activities and current health status, your healthcare professional may recommend one or more of these immunizations:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese encephalitis
- Measles, mumps, rubella
- Yellow fever
If traveling with children, additional vaccines may be required for them. Consult with their pediatrician or a Kelsey-Seybold Travel Medicine specialist.