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Plan your vaccinations when you start planning your trip

Travel vaccinations are something we often forget about when planning a trip to another country. According to one study, 16% of American adult travelers needed to take the MMR vaccine, but only half of those who needed to take it did. But getting your shots before you travel is one of the most important steps you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. Early in 2015, 29 Americans fell ill from an outbreak of hepatitis A in Mexico. Travel vaccines protect against life-threatening diseases not often seen in Matthews, NC, but sadly common in many parts of the world. Getting vaccinated before you travel is a precaution worth taking.

The best time to begin work on your vaccination schedule is as soon as you know what country you are going to go to. At the Traveler Information Center of the CDC Web site, you can find out which vaccines, if any, you will be required to take for that country. You can also learn which travel vaccines are recommended but not required for your destination — see below for details. Some of these vaccines need to be given in two to three doses over the course of several months. This is why planning ahead is so important.

There are three kinds of travel vaccinations: routine vaccinations, required travel vaccinations and recommended travel vaccinations. Routine vaccinations are the vaccines that the CDC recommends for everyone, traveling or not. Required travel vaccinations are those that you have to have, by law in order to enter certain countries. In some countries, for example, the government will insist that you take the yellow fever vaccine and meningitis vaccine before you come. The proof of these vaccines is called the International Certificate of Vaccination, or yellow card, and you will need it in order to get past the airport. Recommended travel vaccinations, on the other hand, are just a good idea.

Travel vaccinations in Matthews, NC

Once you know which vaccines to take, the next step is to find a travel vaccinations clinic in your area. This is a clinic where experts can help you set up a schedule that will have you fully immunized in time for your trip. You should make your first visit to this clinic at least two months before you begin traveling. The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC specializes in this service, offering vaccinations for yellow fever, meningitis, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies, polio and Japanese encephalitis, as well as routine vaccinations such as the measles shot and annual flu shots. If you plan on going to another country any time soon, find out which travel vaccinations you need and schedule an appointment today.

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