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.
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. Travel clinics set their own vaccine prices, so shop around. Prices will vary.
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.
To get your travel vaccinations, you will need to:
Depending on where you are traveling.
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.
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.
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.