Visiting other countries is an exciting and fun way to experience the world. But it may pose some health risks.
To prevent yourself from new diseases you may find in other countries, be sure to get your travel vaccines.
Getting these vaccines before leaving the U.S. can help keep you safe and healthy.
Some countries have vaccine requirements before you visit. They may turn you away without them.
Call 412-647-7228 to make an appointment for travel vaccines through the UPMC Center for Care of Infectious Diseases
Vaccines are medicines that activate the body's defenses and reduce the chance that you'll get a certain disease.
These diseases are most often infectious, caused by viruses or bacteria.
Most vaccines cause the body to make antibodies against an infectious agent. Antibodies are blood proteins that attack germs and help the immune system fight them off.
The goal of getting a vaccine is to reduce your risk of getting the disease if exposed. Some vaccines do not prevent disease but can reduce how severe it is.
The CDC classifies travel vaccines in those three groups.
These are ones the CDC urges all people in the U.S. and overseas to get.
Routine childhood vaccines fight against:
Adults should get routine flu and COVID-19 vaccines.
The CDC advises people to get these vaccines before going to certain countries.
These vaccines are ones the country you're visiting requires you to have to enter the country.
Most only require the vaccine against the yellow fever virus. Some countries now also require the COVID vaccine.
Vaccines are vital to your health. They protect you from potentially fatal diseases.
Travel vaccines protect against infections not present in the U.S. that you may come across on your travels.
Reasons to vaccinate against these diseases include:
The three most commonly recommended travel vaccines are:
Based on where you're going and what you'll do, other travel vaccines you may need include:
New recommendations for vaccines may arise as conditions change in different countries. For instance, the CDC may urge the monkeypox vaccine if you're going to a country with an outbreak.
The CDC suggests getting your travel vaccines at least one month before traveling because:
UPMC's Travel Health program:
To make an appointment with an expert at UPMC Travel Health through the UPMC Center for Care of Infectious Diseases, please call 412-647-7228. Travel health appointments are conducted virtually – by video visit – unless you live outside of the state of Pennsylvania. If you live out-of-state, you must schedule an in-person appointment due to physician licensure requirements.
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