Stay safe and healthy when you travel.
Which immunizations do I need to go to another country?
Where can I find a travel clinic?
Travel clinics are your go-to resource for everything travel related. Utah’s travel clinics can help with everything from immunizations to a list of what to pack for your trip.
What if I get sick after I travel?
You may get sick during travel but not have symptoms until you get home. Talk to a doctor or healthcare provider if you feel sick after you travel—especially if you have a fever.
Can I drink the water in another country?
Food and water that isn’t clean can cause diarrhea and other diseases. Reduce your risk by sticking to safe food and water habits.
How do I get medical care when I travel?
It’s important to know how you will get medical care if you get sick or have an emergency when you travel.
Is it safe to touch animals in another country?
No. Most animals avoid people. However, animals may attack if they are hurt, sick, feel threatened, or to protect their territory or babies. Animal bites and scratches can lead to serious diseases such as rabies.
How do I protect myself from diseases I can’t get immunized for?
Take steps during travel to stay safe and healthy and avoid experiences that might ruin your trip.
Is it safe to go to another country for a medical procedure?
Millions of US residents travel to another country for medical care each year. But this can be risky. Make sure you understand the risks before you schedule a medical procedure outside the U.S.
Should I buy travel or medical evacuation insurance?
You may want to get travel insurance to cover yourself in case delays, accidents, or illness occur on your trip.
Your health insurance may not cover medical care in another country. Some types of travel insurance help you cover costs if your travel is canceled or disrupted.
How long does it take to get a passport?
It usually takes between 10 and 13 weeks to get a passport. You can pay extra to get it in 7 to 9 weeks.
Which immunizations do I need to go to another country?
Each country has different immunization requirements to enter the country. Make sure you’re up-to-date on the immunizations you need for your trip.
Why should I get immunized before I leave the U.S.?
It takes about 10 days for most immunizations to start to work and build immunity to disease. And you need more than a shot to protect you from many diseases. This means it may take 6 months or more to protect you from some diseases. Find out which vaccines you’ll need as soon as you know your travel plans. Immunity to disease may be the most important thing you bring with you!
Do I need a booster for immunizations I’ve already had?
You need a booster dose later in life for most of the immunizations you got as a child to stay protected.
Vaccine needs vary considerably from country to country, but the best place to start is with the recommended vaccine schedules for children and adults. In Utah, some vaccinations are required for school entry. However, most of the vaccines that are routinely administered in childhood require periodic booster doses throughout life to maintain an effective level of immunity. Adults often neglect to keep up the recommended schedule of booster vaccinations, particularly if the risk of infection is low. Additionally, some adults have never been vaccinated at all. It is important to realize that diseases such as diphtheria and poliomyelitis, which no longer occur in most industrialized countries, many be present in those visited by travelers. Pretravel precautions should include booster doses of routine vaccines if the regular schedule has not been followed, or a full course of primary immunization for people
who have never been vaccinated.
Additional vaccines are advised on the basis of a travel risk assessment for the individual traveler. In deciding which vaccines are appropriate, the following factors should be considered for each vaccine:
- risk of exposure to the disease
- age, health status, vaccination history
- special risk factors
- reactions to previous vaccine doses, allergies
- risk of infecting others
Mandatory vaccination, as authorized by the International Health Regulations, now concerns only yellow fever. Yellow fever vaccination is given for two different reasons:(1) to protect the individual in areas where there is a risk of yellow fever infection, and
(2) to protect vulnerable countries from importation of the yellow fever virus.
Travelers should therefore be vaccinated if they visit a country where there is a risk of exposure to yellow fever. They must be vaccinated if they visit a country that requires yellow fever vaccination as a condition of entry. This condition applies to all travelers who arrive from (including airport transit) a yellow fever endemic country.
Travelers should be provided with a written record of all vaccines administered (patient-retained record), preferably using the international vaccination certificate (required in the case of yellow fever vaccination).
To find out which vaccines are needed for the region you will be visiting, you may go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travelers’ Health website. You will find a wealth of travel information at this site: food and water recommendations, disease outbreak areas, recommended precautions and much more. It’s a great place to start, when planning a trip.
or tetanus/diphtheria for age 7+ (Td)
Hepatitis B (HBV)
Haemophilus influenzae type b (HIB)
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
Selective vaccination determined by destination and risk factors
Hepatitis A (HAV)
Yellow fever (for individual protection)
|Yellow fever (for protection of vulnerable countries)
Meningococcal meningitis (for Hajj, Umra)
You may also call the Utah Immunization Program Hotline at 1-800-275-0659 for additional questions or information.
If you are planning on traveling out of the country, make sure your immunization needs are assessed and your vaccinations completed in plenty of time to assure immunity. Most vaccines build immunity in approximately one week to ten days. However, immunizing against some diseases requires multiple vaccinations and may take six months or more to complete. Be sure to find out which vaccines you will need as soon as you know your travel plans. Remember that vaccine immunity may be the most important thing you bring with you!
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