In addition to the vaccines on the standard immunization schedule, children and adults often need a few other travel vaccines before taking any trips out of the country.
Not surprisingly, which travel vaccines they need depends on a lot on where they are going.
Before leaving the country, in addition to a COVID vaccine, you should make sure you don’t need any of these travel vaccines:
- typhoid vaccine
- yellow fever vaccine
- Japanese encephalitis vaccine
- Meningococcal vaccine (MenC)
- cholera vaccine
- dengue vaccine
- rabies vaccine
- an early MMR vaccine – a single dose as early as 6 months of age, while everyone over 12 months of age should have two doses of MMR separated by at least 28 days.
- an early hepatitis A vaccine – a single dose as early as 6 months of age to infants aged 6–11 months traveling outside the United States when protection against HAV is recommended, understanding that this dose doesn’t count toward the routine 2-dose series that children get beginning at age 12 months.
Not sure which vaccines you will need for your trip?
The CDC provides travel recommendations by destination to help you get prepared.
More on Specialty Vaccines:
- Get a Vaccine Checkup Before Traveling with Your Kids
- Which Diseases are Vaccine Preventable?
- CDC – International Travel During COVID-19
- CDC – Travel Vaccines
- CDC – Need travel vaccines? Plan ahead.
- CDC Yellow Book 2020
- Travel Vaccines
- WHO – Vaccines for International Travel
- ACIP Recommendations: Travel
- MMWR – Update: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for Use of Hepatitis A Vaccine for Postexposure Prophylaxis and for Preexposure Prophylaxis for International Travel
- IAC – Ask the Experts: Travel Vaccines