Traveling this summer? Remember your vaccines!

The United States is indeed a lovely place to live and spend most of the year.  However, our environment here is different than overseas, and now that school is out for summer break in most districts, many families will be looking forward to traveling to places outside of the country.

You never know which destination will require which vaccines until you check

New places of course bring new experiences, sights, and food, but they also can bring a slew of illnesses that we aren’t usually protected against in the US.  Fortunately our CDC has provided us with a way to tell which vaccines are recommended for you, based on where in the world you and your family will be traveling.

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list

Here’s an example of a map showing hot spots for typhoid:

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This isn’t anything to take lightly, as even a brief bout of illness can really put a damper on a vacation.  Please take a look at the recommended vaccines before leaving the country.  You may be pleasantly surprised to find out that a lot of countries won’t require you to have any additional vaccines than the ones you already maintain here in the US!

As always, if you’re having trouble deciding which course of action to take, don’t hesitate to ask your pediatrician.  We’re here for you!

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