Get proper immunization before summer travel

As thick of summer approaching us many of us take to skies to travel distances, go outdoors to play and do lots of other outdoor activities. But before you hit the road make sure to take a look at your records as well as your kids immunization records. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) advise everyone specially those who are travelling to other overseas destinations to get immunization for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), Polio, Chickenpox, and Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (Tdap). It is also recommended to get your annual flu shot. Those who are travelling abroad should also consider getting vaccinated for hepatitis A and B and rabies. This is important to protect you from water and undercooked meals. Those who are planning for overseas medical procedures should also consider taking these vaccinations. Rabies vaccination is a must for those who are planning for outdoor activities such as hiking and nature travel.

Children and elderly should visit their physician before travel. Some countries may require additional vaccination such as malaria and typhoid for those who are planning to visit Mexico, Thailand, Turkey and China. Polio vaccine is a must for these as well as those who are travelling to Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, and Greece.