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The Williamses plan a vacation

(Note: The following is a dramatization.)

Not long after arriving in the Charlotte area, the Williams family began planning an overseas vacation. Having just gone through a month in which absolutely everything went wrong, they decided to look into travel vaccinations. Their family doctor advised them to start looking up what sort of vaccines they would need as soon as they had settled on a destination — or sooner, if they already had possibilities in mind, since some vaccines needed to be given months in advance.

Mrs. Williams checked the CDC Web site for the countries they were considering visiting. She found that if they were going to Brazil, it was recommended that they get shots for hepatitis A (and the hepatitis B vaccine was labeled “consider”). Depending on where they were going within Brazil, they might also need shots for rabies and yellow fever, and antimalarial medication. If they went to Italy or Norway, hepatitis A and B were both labeled “consider,” but rabies was less of a risk unless they started exploring caves. If they chose Japan, hepatitis A and B were both labeled “consider,” and, depending on how long they stayed, getting a shot for Japanese encephalitis was either “consider” or recommended. She wasn’t sure what the CDC meant by “consider,” but after the month that just went by she wasn’t going to ignore their recommendations.

Travel vaccinations

According to one study, 16% of American adult travelers needed to take the MMR vaccine, but only half of those who needed it took it. Getting your shots before you travel is one of the most important steps you and your family can take to stay healthy. Shots against water- and food-borne illnesses such as hepatitis A are particularly important in many parts of the world. 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.

Getting vaccinated for travel in Matthews, NC

Once you know which vaccines you should take, the next step is to find a travel vaccinations clinic in your area, 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 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, along with 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 vaccinations you need and make an appointment today.

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