Vaccinations Before Traveling Abroad {Guide}

Vaccinations Before Traveling Abroad {Guide}


Post Last Modified – August 07, 2020

Important Vaccinations You May Require Before Traveling Abroad

Getting those important travel vaccinations before traveling abroad, is perhaps the most common thing overlooked many travelers.  I feel this subject is so important that it is worth writing about.

Unless you are a well seasoned traveler, this is something that not everyone thinks about when making their travel preparations.

This post is a simple reminder to be sure your travel vaccinations are complete, before heading off on your vacation abroad.

First, have a look at this informative video. It outlines some reasons why you should protect yourself with certain travel medications, before leaving on your holidays.

Travel Vaccinations – Keeping Healthy Abroad YouTube Video

 

Travel Vaccinations Do Vary According To The Country You Are Visiting

How long you will be away and what you will be exposed to while traveling makes a big difference!  As well, it’s important to know what travel vaccinations you have had previously.  There are certain vaccinations for travel that are recommended when visiting specific countries and others that are required in order to enter that country.

I have included a couple of very good websites that provide travel health information, for any country in the world you may be visiting.These include …

➡   CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

➡   Vancouver Coastal Health Clinic

Two excellent websites to visit for complete information on this subject.

The Most Common Travel Vaccinations

Here is a short list of typical travel vaccines that are recommended for safe guarding you and your family from illness.

➡   Tetanus/Diphtheria – recommended for everyone.

➡   Typhoid – recommended for those visiting foreign countries and not staying at all-inclusive resorts.

➡   Polio – recommended for travel to Africa and Southeast Asia.

➡   Hepatitis A – recommended for foreign travel and Europe.

➡   Hepatitis B – recommended for extended travel in developing countries.

➡   Meningococcus – recommended for travel to developing countries.

➡   Malaria – this is not a travel shot but a medication taken orally.

➡   Rabies – recommended for extended travel where rabies is common.

 

I have also put together a short list of a few travel immunizations that may be required and where proof may be needed for visa application purposes …

 

Choloera 
Meningococcal disease 
Yellow fever 
Hepatitis B 
Measles, mumps, rubella 
Tetanus and diphtheria

 

As you can see, the list can be extensive depending on where you are traveling to and for how long. 😕

If you are traveling with other family members, it is best to know well before hand what is recommended. This, so everyone has time to get their travel shots that may be needed for your selected travel destination.

Depending On The Travel Vaccinations Required – The Cost Can Be Expensive

It is very important that you contact your family physician or a local travel medicine clinic to arrange for the necessary vaccinations for travel. This should be done at least …

2 to 3 Months Before Leaving HomeYour doctor and/or the travel clinic will advise you of the vaccines necessary for you and your family members. Perhaps you’re traveling to one of those fabulous all inclusive family vacations to the Caribbean, or perhaps taking a foreign cruise holiday. It’s important to check beforehand, if travel shots are needed to ensure to stay healthy.

Please make sure you know that you and your family will be protected at all times when vacationing!

Remember, there are travel vaccines that are typically routine, recommended or even required.

Come home healthy and happy!


In closing, travel shots are a very important safe guard against disease while traveling. This is certainly not a guarantee against contracting an illness while traveling. It does however, reduce the risk greatly for contracting an illness that may be a risk for the country you are visiting.

Below are just a couple of important tips to help keep you and your family healthy on your vacation.

➡   Wash and/or sanitize your hands always before eating.

➡   Be careful of what you drink and eat.

Our family have always carried a small travel bottle of reliable hand sanitizer with us where ever we go and still do today!

Where did that water in your glass come from?  How was the food prepared that you are about to eat? These are just a few tips to think about while away, to help safe guard against disease and illness.

 

Here is a nice helpful Food Guide travel information pamphlet that you can download and print for your convenience. Traveling is exciting and fun! With a few precautions taken prior to travel, you can minimize the health risk greatly when traveling to foreign destinations.

As well, I’ve listed the link to the Government of Canada Travel Vaccinations page. An excellent resource for all travelers, not just Canadians on reviewing Vaccinations Before Traveling Abroad.

Travel Health & Safety – Travel Vaccinations 

Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂

Did You Know …

“Saudi Arabia is one of only 17 countries in the world without a single river flowing through it.”  
 

 

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