Facebook Pixel

How do I know what shots I need if I'm traveling overseas?

By HERWriter Blogger July 18, 2014 - 4:49pm
Rate This

I love to travel! Last summer I went to Nicaragua and had to get a few shots on my trip. But when I've traveled to Europe I never had to get shots. How do I know when I need to get shots before traveling? Why do some countries require shots and some don't?

Add a Comment1 Comments


Hello Erin,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a great tool to help travelers like yourself know which vaccines are required for overseas travel.

The traveler chooses destination and type of travel, such as cruise ship or disaster relief.
Here is the link: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

Immunization booster shots are required because of outbreaks in certain areas of the world or sanitation conditions. For example, as of July 18, 2014, Caribbean countries have reported cases of chikungunya, including Aruba, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Happy traveling,

July 24, 2014 - 5:14pm
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.



Get Email Updates

Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!