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Why are routine vaccines important for travelers?

Because of good vaccine coverage of children in the United States, some of the diseases prevented by routine vaccines rarely occur here. However, these diseases can be much more common in other countries, even in areas where you wouldn’t normally worry about travel-related illnesses. Being up-to-date on your routine vaccines will give you the best protection against these illnesses.

What routine vaccines do I need?

What vaccines you need depends on your age, health, and what vaccines you have already had. For most adults who received all their recommended vaccines as children, only a yearly flu vaccine and a tetanus booster every 10 years are needed. However, you should talk to your provider about what’s best for you. If you did not receive all your vaccines as a child—or if you can’t remember—your provider may recommend giving them again, just to be safe.  Alternatively, you may have blood work done to test if you already received the vaccines. 

Is a certain vaccine recommended for my trip?

Work through Interactive Vaccine Decision Tools for a few of the most commonly questioned vaccines.


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