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Don’t bring it home — reasons to get travel vaccinations

The importance of getting travel vaccinations before going abroad cannot be stressed enough. International travel can expose you to a number of foreign illnesses that could otherwise be avoided by keeping your vaccinations up to date.

Make the most of your vacation by following a few simple travel health tips.

Plan ahead

  • It's commonly recommended that travellers receive vaccinations 4 to 6 weeks before going abroad
    • Some vaccines are administered in a series over a period of weeks
    • Most vaccines take time to become effective in your body
  • Review your vaccination history
    • Vaccinations can lose their potency over time, so make sure to stay up to date according to the vaccination standards in your area
  • Assess risks of disease based on factors such as your age, destination and any pre-existing health conditions

Learn about the different types of vaccinations: What you don't know can hurt you

Routine, recommended and required

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts travel vaccines into three categories:

  • Routine: Basic vaccinations regardless of travel plans
  • Recommended: Vaccinations that are recommended when travelling depend on several factors:
    • Your destination and health alerts in that area
    • When you plan to travel (season)
    • Whether you'll be visiting rural areas
    • Your history: age, health status, previous immunizations
  • Required: Certain vaccinations are required per International Health Regulations depending on where and when you'll be travelling

Commonly recommended vaccines

  • Depending on where you're going and when, your travel clinic will have advice on what vaccinations you may need to prevent specific diseases common to your destination
  • Health Canada has a comprehensive list of diseases that can be prevented by vaccination

Stay up to date

As there are new outbreaks of diseases in different parts of the world every day, a visit to the Travel Health section at Canada Health's website can keep you up to date on global travel health notices.

Reasons to get travel vaccinations
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