Mental & physical health

Get travel vaccinations

Getting vaccinated (immunized) is the best way to protect you and your loved ones from dangerous diseases. If you’re traveling, you might need different vaccines depending on where you’re going.

Overview

Travel vaccines can protect you from diseases like typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, or Japanese encephalitis. Schedule an appointment with your health care provider 4-6 weeks before you travel. You may need to go to a separate travel clinic to get certain vaccines and medicine.

Where and when

You can use this map to find a facility near you where you can be vaccinated. Before you go, call and check to make sure they have all the vaccines you need.

Process

To get your travel vaccinations, you will need to:

1
Figure out what vaccines you need.
2
Find a clinic.

Call travel clinics near you to see if they have the vaccines you need, including the yellow fever vaccine.

3
Make an appointment to get vaccinated.

If you are traveling somewhere that requires the yellow fever vaccine, you must also carry your yellow immunization card to show proof of vaccination. Make sure to get this card at the same time you get your shot. Don’t leave home without this document.

Other tips

Current Travel Notices

Before you travel, check to see if there are any travel notices for the country you are going to. Travel notices are designed to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific destinations. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health.

Health Information Card

When you travel, carry a card that identifies your blood type, any chronic illnesses or allergies, and medicines you take. Download our health information card. 

After Returning

People often get sick after returning home. If you are not feeling well after traveling to another country, you should see a health care provider and mention that you have recently traveled. If you visited a malaria-risk area, keep taking your antimalarial medication for as long as directed, even after leaving the malaria-affected country.


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