Vaccinations for Foreign Travel

When traveling abroad, especially to developing countries, you will need to get some vaccinations. Getting jabbed is a rite of passage for a traveler. At least, that's what we tell ourselves. But trust us, those sharp needles are much better than the diseases they prevent.

You will need to get to your doctor or a travel clinic well ahead of your trip because some of the important travel related vaccinations require multiple injections several months apart.

The specific shots you need will depend on your destinations. However, there are some jabs that you should get no matter where you plan to go. We've laid out this handy list for your convienience. However, don't rely completely on this list. Make sure you check with your doctor or travel clinic to get the most up to date medical news.

The CDC stays up to date with all travel related heath concerns. Always check their website for the latest information. The list below may change depending on global health conditions.

Recommended For All Travelers
  • Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C (often requires multiple injections)
  • Measles/mumps/rubella (MMR)
  • Diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT)
  • Polio
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies

Regional Vaccinations
  • Yellow Fever (Africa)
  • Meningitis (Africa)
  • Japanese encephalitis (India, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Pacific Islands)
  • Anti-Malarial Pills (Anywhere tropical)

Medicines To Carry With You
  • Any prescription medication you are currently taking
  • Anti-diarrhea, over the counter (or ask for a prescription for Ciprofloxacin or another antibiotic)
  • Asprin, Tylanol, Advil, or other painkillers
  • Multivitamins
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sunscreen

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