Traveling outside the United States? Plan ahead for your travel shots.
In the midst of making hotel reservation, booking flights and planning excursions, many people overlook the most important part of international travel – their health!
Trained in international medicine, the physicians at Mercy Family Clinic – New Hampton are experts in travel immunizations. They will provide comprehensive, specialized travel health services, including appropriate immunizations for many communicable diseases, following the guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These vaccines are recommended to protect travelers from illnesses present in other parts of the world and to prevent the importation of infectious diseases across international borders. Which vaccinations you need depends on a number of factors including your destination, whether you will be spending time in rural areas, the season of the year you are traveling, your age, health status, and previous immunizations.
Make an appointment at Mercy Family Clinic – New Hampton, 641-394-2151, 4 to 6 weeks prior to your trip. Most vaccines take time to become effective in your body and some vaccines must be given in a series over a period of days or sometimes weeks. If it is less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still see your doctor. You might still benefit from shots or medications and other information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while traveling.