International travelers should be aware of the various health risk associated with the countries they are traveling to and learn how to minimize their risk of acquiring certain diseases. It is recommended that people planning to travel consult with their primary care practitioner or a travel medical clinic at least 4-8 weeks prior to departure. Often recommendations regarding vaccines and/or medication will be made depending on the country of destination. It is important to note that most vaccines take time to become effective in your body. Some vaccines must be given in a series over a period of days, weeks or months.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention divides vaccines for travel into 3 categories: routine, recommended and required.
Check with your primary care provider or local health department regarding the availability of routine vaccines. Vaccines required for travel to certain countries are only available from clinics specializing in travel health.