Here are some important vaccines you should take before resuming travel this holiday season.
Vaccines are crucial for protecting you against infectious diseases, drastically improve your chances of recovery if infected, and keeping our communities healthy. Make sure you and your loved ones are up-to-date on your vaccinations to stay safe before resuming travel this holiday season.
You may have already taken the COVID-19 vaccine. If you haven’t yet, there are several reasons why you should consider taking the COVID-19 vaccine. First and foremost, the vaccine can protect you from becoming seriously ill with COVID-19. The vaccine has been shown through multiple research to be highly effective at preventing severe illness and hospitalization from COVID-19.
Second, the Covid vaccine can help protect those around you who may be more vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19, such as older adults or those with underlying health conditions. By getting vaccinated, you can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of your community. And as more people get vaccinated, it will become harder for the virus to spread or evolve, which can help bring the ongoing pandemic to an end.
Finally, as countries reopen for travel after nearly two years of Covid restrictions, most of them require you to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If you have not taken the vaccine, it becomes very hard for you to travel the world.
Apart from COVID-19 vaccine, if you are an adult who travels frequently, it is important to be up-to-date on your vaccinations to protect yourself from falling ill severely from infectious diseases. The specific vaccinations that you should get will depend on factors such as your age, health conditions, and the countries you are visiting. Some common vaccines for adult travelers include the following:
- Influenza (flu) vaccine: This vaccine protects against the flu, which is a common respiratory illness that can be serious or even deadly.
- Tetanus and diphtheria vaccine: This vaccine protects against tetanus and diphtheria, which are bacterial infections that can cause serious health problems.
- Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine: This vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella, which are highly contagious viral infections.
- Hepatitis A and B vaccines: These vaccines protect against hepatitis A and B, which are viral infections that can cause liver disease.
- Typhoid vaccine: This vaccine protects against typhoid, which is a bacterial infection that can cause serious illness.
It is important to talk to a healthcare provider before traveling to determine which vaccinations you should get based on your specific circumstances. Your healthcare provider can provide personalized recommendations and help ensure that you are protected against infectious diseases while traveling.
In addition to the vaccines mentioned above, there are many other vaccines that are recommended for adults based on their age, health conditions, and other factors. Some examples of other vaccines that adults may need include the following:
- Pneumococcal vaccine: This vaccine protects against pneumococcal disease, which is caused by bacteria and can cause serious infections such as pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis.
- Shingles vaccine: This vaccine protects against shingles, which is a viral infection that can cause a painful rash.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine: This vaccine protects against HPV, which is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause certain types of cancer.
- Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine: This vaccine protects against chickenpox, which is a viral infection that can cause a rash and fever.
- Meningococcal vaccine: This vaccine protects against meningococcal disease, which is caused by bacteria and can cause serious infections such as meningitis and sepsis.
Again, it is important to talk to a healthcare provider to determine which vaccines are recommended for you based on your specific circumstances. Many pharmacies and even supermarkets these days with vaccination facilities can help guide you.
Happy New Year and Bon Voyage!