Traveling abroad for business requires safety considerations that domestic travel usually does not. To ensure your work obligations don’t compromise your health and safety, it’s important research the health and safety risks in your destination(s). Know your destination’s recent personal safety risks for foreign kidnapping, terror attacks and violent crime. Are local medical facilities modern and able to treat serious injuries and diseases? The easiest risk to minimize is the risk for contracting vaccine preventable diseases Update your vaccines and minimize your disease risks.
Know Your Risk
Before boarding the plane, it’s important to educate yourself about the area you’re visiting. Your company may offer some guidance, but a travel clinic is a better source of information. They can help you determine which travel vaccines are appropriate for the destination. Some may even be required to enter the country.
Immunizations only work when they are administered in advance. It may take several weeks to become properly immunized against the disease, especially if the vaccine requires several dosages. Therefore, it’s important to start planning now.
If you’re traveling within the United States or to most European countries, your regular vaccinations should offer adequate protection. However, when you go to South America, Asia, or Africa, you’ll have to meet certain immunization requirements. Below are some vaccines you should consider:
- Yellow Fever
- Hepatitis A and B
- Typhoid Fever
If you’re going to an area where malaria is common, you might consider chemoprophylaxis. Chemoprophylaxis is the use of medicines to prevent disease. In the case of malaria, you can’t stop infection, but you can suppress the symptoms of it by killing the parasites in the liver.
Do you need international vaccines? Give the staff at HealthSmart Vaccines in Chantilly, VA, a call at (703) 961-0733 or use their online contact form to schedule an appointment. They’re happy to answer any questions you might have about protecting yourself from preventable diseases. Visit their website to learn more about travel vaccines.