When the time comes for you to plan your next dream vacation, make a health checklist so you can enjoy your adventures abroad without getting sick:
- Check travel notices on the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
- Get a copy of your medical history.
- See your doctor for vaccinations or medications.
Health requirements will be different depending on your destination and length of stay. Check the CDC website’s Travelers’ Health section to see if you need any immunizations:
- Tetanus: Within the last 10 years.
- Measles, mumps, and rubella: If you were born after 1956.
- Hepatitis A: If you’re traveling to a third-world country.
- Flu: During fall and winter months.
- Yellow fever within 10 years: Keep the CDC yellow card with your passport for proof.
- Cholera, typhoid, and meningococcal: As needed.