Travel Vaccines

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Travel vaccines are immunizations and vaccines that a person must get and have proof of before international travel. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about travel vaccines in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Travel vaccines are shots you get before you travel to another country. In some countries, especially developing countries, certain diseases are common among the people. Sometimes you can get a disease by drinking water with tiny bugs in it or by getting bitten by a bug. To protect yourself from getting these diseases while you travel, you need to be vaccinated.

Some countries require that you provide proof when you enter the country that you have been vaccinated against certain diseases. Your doctor can give you the shots you need and the papers that provide proof, or can tell you where you need to go to get them.

You should see your doctor at least one to four months before you leave on your trip. This will give your doctor enough time to tell you how to stay healthy during your trip. With your doctors help and travel vaccines and other medicines, you should have a safe and healthy trip.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.