Travel Vaccines

Travel Vaccines

Getting vaccinated against disease is one of the most effective ways to protect your health while traveling abroad. Most travel vaccines need to be given prior to departure to ensure maximum protection against disease.

Travel Vaccine Alerts

July 8, 2020 - The World Health Organization (WHO) Polio Emergency Committee recommended that the international risk of poliovirus spread remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the International Health Regulations.

June 30, 2020 - The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that only people who currently reside in the Kindom of Saudi Arabia will be permitted to make their pilgrimage during 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

May 29, 2020 - Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center recently raised its travel advisory for the Chinese provinces of Shandong and Fujian to a Level 2 Alert status, following reports of multiple children infected with avian influenza A (H9N2).

May 28, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC guidance regarding international travel has been updated.

May 21, 2020 - The U.S. CDC announced many parts of Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean have continued to report dengue fever cases.

March 27, 2020 - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Level 3 Travel Alert recommending Americans to avoid all nonessential international travel.

Travel Vaccine Overview

Vaccines protect travelers from illnesses that are usually travel-related. Specific vaccines are recommended depending on where and when a person is visiting. And personal factors, such as age and health status.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization estimates that internationally there were just 25 million tourist arrivals in 1950. in 2018, just 68 years later, this number increased to 1.4 billion international arrivals per year.

About 90 million Americans traveled internationally during 2019. However, tens of millions of travelers were not appropriately vaccinated prior to departure. And, 

Furthermore, Last-Minute travelers (LMT) comprised 16% of all international travelers. And at least 1 travel vaccine was deferred by 18% of LMTs, because of insufficient time before departure.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends international travelers are correctly immunized to protect their health, even if vaccinations aren't required for entry by the government of the country you are visiting.

Travel Vaccine FAQs

Frequently asked questions and answers related to travel vaccines are published by trusted sources, such as:

Note: This content has been fact-checked by healthcare providers, such as Dr. Robert Carlson.