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Traveling This Summer? Make Sure Your Kids Are Up-to-Date on Their Vaccinations

It is not uncommon to spend days and weeks making plans for a vacation. Taking a trip can be the perfect break from your normal routine, and it lets you see the world and have some fun, too. Yet, if you are planning to take the kids on a trip this summer, you may need to consider vaccinations. Depending on where you are traveling and what vaccinations your child already has, you may need an update.

Update routine vaccinations first

Work with your child’s doctor to ensure all of their routine vaccinations are up to date. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide a full list of childhood vaccines necessary to protect a person under the age of 18 from rare conditions that are present in the U.S. However, many of these conditions are more likely to be present outside of the country. By having vaccinations for these conditions, you can ward off illness when traveling overseas.

Check for requirements in destinations where you are traveling

Many other countries have very specific requirements for visitors. They may require that you present proof of vaccines if you plan to enter the country. It is always important to check with the tourism board or customs officials in the locations where you are traveling to make sure you are up to date. This should also provide you with information on what you need to bring with you as proof of your vaccinations (and those of your children) such as medical records.

Protecting yourself and your children when traveling

Before you book a trip, talk to your doctor about the risks present in other countries that you may need to vaccinate for, though this depends on where you are traveling. If you are visiting a foreign country, be sure your doctor knows where you are traveling. Your doctor will then make recommendations for vaccinations that may be beneficial to your family.

To help you, consider using this tool from the CDC that offers insight into what types of vaccinations are necessary depending on where you plan to go and who is traveling with you. Simply provide information about where you are going, and you’ll learn about the risks in those areas.

Here are a few examples of the types of updates or vaccinations you may need:

When should you vaccinate before travel?

This information can quickly become overwhelming. Once you know what type of vaccines you need, it is then necessary to work with your child’s doctor to plan out the process. Keep in mind that the sooner you have these vaccinations scheduled, the better. Work closely with your child’s pediatrician to learn what vaccines are necessary and then create a schedule for administering them that ensures your child is properly covered prior to your trip. Try to do this at least a few months in advance.

Come in for an appointment to learn more about your vaccination needs

Don’t put off getting vaccinations. Our team of professionals at Penguin Pediatrics can help you! You can request an appointment with our doctors right away to schedule any last-minute vaccinations you need. Be sure your kids are ready to travel all year long by coming in for routine exams, too.

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