Your risk of becoming ill when traveling depends, in part, on the areas to be visited, the length of stay, and your style of travel. In some cases, international tourist destinations are in highly developed areas where you should observe health precautions similar to those in the United States. However, because of differences in living standards and sanitary conditions, food and water safety, and immunization coverage, your risk of illness is higher if you are traveling in developing countries and rural areas.
In addition to the routine adult immunizations you may need additional vaccines including:
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Yellow Fever
Plan ahead! Some vaccinations are given in a 2-3 shot series over a period of time. It takes 14 to 30 days from the time of the immunization for some antibody production to take place. Certain vaccines for different diseases should be administered 4 weeks apart.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/SpringTravel/ for additional travel vaccination guidance and recommendations.
Coalition Partner, LifeCare Alliance offers the following convenient services:
Pre-travel health counseling and recommendations (at no additional charge)
Flexible appointment scheduling
Central location (just west of downtown Columbus)
For more information, call the Wellness Department, LifeCare Alliance at (614) 437-2880.