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Read Up on Vaccines before Traveling

Whenever you decide to travel overseas, vaccinations can be just as important as your passport. Some destinations require vaccinations for travelers and other places have specific diseases from which you’ll want to protect yourself.

If you’re embarking on some international travel in the future, make sure your body is ready with these tips.

Read Up on Vaccines before Traveling

Plan Far Enough Ahead

When you are getting up to date on all of your vaccinations, make sure that you do so about six weeks before you travel so they have time to kick in. Some destinations actually require having a vaccine in your system for a certain amount of time upon arrival. To find out if that applies to you, check out the destination list on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Stay Up to Date on Routine Vaccinations

Each age comes with its own batch of vaccines, covering the likes of Hepatitis B, Shingles, Tetanus and more. Consult with your doctor if any apply to you. You can find a list of common preventatives on Vaccines.gov.

Research Your Destination

Whether we’re talking about Yellow Fever in Africa or Zika Virus in the Americas, you’ll want to educate yourself on your destination well before you leave. The Center for Disease Control has up-to-date travel health notices, so you know exactly what to expect and how to prepare.

Health Insurance

If your healthcare plan doesn’t cover you internationally, then you should consider getting supplemental insurance. If you are traveling without health insurance and something were to happen, it could cost you a large amount of money from your pocket.

For more information on traveling abroad, the US Department of State has a wonderful Traveler’s Checklist that covers health and then some.

Visiting Europe, the Caribbean or any other Global Discovery Vacations international destination is a great cultural experience for any traveler. We encourage anyone to try it at least once! Just make sure your body is prepared.

Are you traveling abroad any time soon? Tell us your travel plans in the comments below.

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