Do My Kids Need Vaccines Before Traveling?enparents out what the experts have to, holidays, vacations, visit, overseas, abroad, europe, asia, africa, canada, australia, hawaii, caribbean, islands, country, continent, go away, vaccination, vacine, immunization, immunize, innoculate, innoculations, virus, infection, vaccines, vaccinate, vacksines, immunized, immunizations, shots, inoculate, inoculation, infections, viruses, vaccinations, vaccinated, immunizations, immune, immunity, diseases, infections, infectious diseases, travels, traveling, travelling, international travel, malaria, rabies, hepatitis, meningitis, typhoid, yellow fever, japan, japanese, encephalitis, passports, visas, immigrate, emigrate, immigrants10/15/201203/06/201903/06/2019Michelle P. Tellado, MD03/01/2019927c6351-d036-4e6f-b44c-49a7106c3e77<p><em>We'll be taking a big family vacation in a couple of months. Do my kids need to get any special immunizations before we go?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Doriana</em></p> <p>If you plan to travel abroad or internationally it's possible that your kids &mdash; and you &mdash; will need additional vaccinations. Different countries have different health risks and may require specific vaccines. For example, your family will need the yellow fever vaccine if you're traveling to tropical and sub-tropical areas in Africa or South America.</p> <p>To find out which vaccines your family needs, ask your doctor or visit the <a href="">CDC's travelers' health website</a> for a list of recommended or required vaccinations (you can search by destination).</p> <p>Most immunizations should be given at least 1 month before travel, so try to schedule a doctor's visit 4&ndash;6 weeks before your trip. This gives plenty of time for the vaccines to take effect, and allows for vaccines to be given over a period of days or weeks, if necessary. But even if you're leaving in less than 4 weeks, you should still make an appointment, as kids might still benefit from shots or medicines.</p> <p>Depending on your travel plans, your doctor may recommend that in addition to routine <a href="">immunizations</a>, you and/or your kids be vaccinated against:</p> <ul> <li><a href="">typhoid</a></li> <li>yellow fever</li> <li>Japanese B encephalitis</li> <li><a href="">meningitis</a></li> <li><a href="">rabies<br /> </a></li> </ul> <p>All kids get the <a href="">measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine</a> at 12&ndash;15 months of age, and the <a href="">hepatitis A</a> vaccine between their first and second birthdays. But any who will travel outside the United States before that can get these vaccines as early as 6 months of age. They will still need the routine vaccines after their first birthday.</p> <p>Kids of any age can get <a href="">malaria</a>, so if you're traveling to a country with a malaria risk, talk to your doctor about antimalarial drugs.</p> <p>And if you're traveling internationally, be sure to take your kids' immunization records with you when you go.</p>¿Necesitan vacunarse mis hijos antes de viajar?Los distintos países tienen riesgos relacionados con la salud diferentes y, por lo tanto, requieren vacunas específicas.
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