Vaccinations and Health Issues for Traveling Seniors

Jan 21st, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Yahoo Travel has a wealth of information about health issues that need to be addressed by the global traveler.  Go to the Travel Guides section at the top of their page and click on the Wellness Travel bar.  This will lead you to Travel Health and Quick Tips: Staying Active When You Travel that are helpful sites.  As I explore travel health sites, I see more and more information on the dangers of hepatitis A and B and how devastating each can be to travelers. Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for most people traveling to developing countries. Hepatitis A (or Hep A) is one of the most common diseases found in returning travelers. You can easily prevent hepatitis A by getting the vaccine. 

Make sure that all routine shots are up-to-date for you and your children. These shots can protect you from diseases such as polio, diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, and rubella, which are still a problem in some developing countries.  Some shots are of the “exotic” nature when facing jungle diseases or specific health concerns in countries such as Africa.  Malaria and amoebic dysentary are examples. The typhoid vaccine should be received by anyone traveling in North Africa.  Malaria does not have a vaccine, however, in certain parts of Africa you should take precautions for this disease.  The yellow fever vaccine is required when visiting certain areas of Africa such as the Congo.  It is best to get this vaccine before leaving the U.S. so that you know you are getting a medicine that is up to U.S. standards. Expedition, wilderness, high altitude, mountain, remote, polar, jungle and desert medicine practitioners each have their own recommendations. Be wise and check with your physician if you travel to any exotic country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a Vaccinations site that can answer most all our questions and concerns called What You Need to Know About Vaccinations and Travel: A Checklist. 

Travel Clinics of America are dedicated to your safe travel. This website will provide you with important health and safety information to protect you on your trip.  Their motto is: Travel Safe – Get Your Travel Vaccinations. Good idea!

jeb



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