If you’re planning to travel, it’s always a good idea to be up to date on what immunizations or inoculations are required.
We’re not just talking about third-world destination. The U.S. and Europe are witnessing the largest outbreaks of measles in a decade, so make sure your MMR vaccine is up to date.
Whooping cough is another highly contagious disease that’s a problem in the U.S., especially in California.
Before any trip, start with the CDC and the State Department‘s websites for standard guidelines. Health insurance won’t cover some inoculations but you can find clinics through the CDC or the International Society of Travel Medicine.
Just remember, the CDC lists recommendations, but they’re not necessarily requirements.
Find a doctor who specializes in travel medicine to vet your itinerary. After all, a resort vacation or a business trip is likely to have different requirements than a trek through the jungle.
And make sure you see the doctor at least four to six weeks before your trip so there’s time to start any necessary treatments.
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