Traveling is a great thing, but did you know how it can be a source of serious medical concerns? Diseases can be spread by viruses, pathogens, and even insects which are native to foreign lands only, and the vaccines you have previously gotten may not be enough protection for when you go traveling to other places.
The CDC or Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has online services which can assist you with finding the recommended travel vaccines to be better protected against diseases which you may otherwise be vulnerable to.
About the CDC
The CDC the United States’ national institute for public health. It is under the Department of Health and Human Services and is one of the States’ federal agencies. Its headquarters is in the Druid Hills of Georgia. They focus their attention on the development of as well as the application of disease prevention and control strategies. Their online service for finding the recommended vaccine aims to help protect travellers who are going to places they’ve never been before and protecting their system from possible infectious diseases.
How to Find the Recommended Travel Vaccine for Your Next Trip
To find which vaccine would protect you best, you should first have:
- A stable internet connection
- A computer or laptop which you can use to access the CDC page.
Then, follow these steps:
- Click this link to get to the Traveller’s Health page of the CDC website: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
- Scroll down the page and you’ll see two columns, one labelled “For Travellers” and the other labelled “for Clinicians.”
- Determine which kind of traveller you are.
- From the drop down arrow, select the country where you’ll be going.
- There are optional fields of specifications for you to choose from under “What type of traveller are you?” and you should select all that apply to make the results more relevant to your condition.
- Once you have selected all that apply to you, click “Go”
- You will then be given the list of recommended vaccines to get depending on the location you’ll be heading to.
CDC homepage and all topics: http://www.cdc.gov/
Getting in touch with the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/contact/