Vaccines When Travelling to Africa
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Getting Travel Vaccinations

A Quick Guide

Humanitarians working abroad risk different diseases based on the locations they are working in. Getting travel vaccinations therefore is key. Take yellow fever, for example; you may need to get a vaccine if traveling to certain countries in Africa, Central America, or South America. It’s of the utmost importance to protect yourself and your community by getting vaccinated before you travel. Here’s how it works.

Importance of Travel Vaccinations

Is everything packed? Check! Do you have your passport and tickets? Check! Did you get your vaccinations? Check! The safety of your health shouldn’t be underestimated.  That’s why precautionary travel immunizations should be an essential step in your humanitarian travel planning.

It’s important to plan wisely, since getting all the vaccines you need may take some time. That’s why you should take the steps mentioned below well before departure.

Should you have any questions about traveling to an area where you may be at risk for certain diseases, do not hesitate to contact our travel agents. That said, we also recommend that you always consult your doctor and travel clinic about getting vaccines.

Process of Getting the Right Vaccinations

Vaccines.gov is an excellent source for getting information about travel vaccinations. You should be up-to-date on your travel vaccinations up to four to six weeks prior to travel. Use these tips to make sure everything is in order before departure.

Tips on where to find the right vaccines:

  1. Talk to your health care provider about getting travel vaccinations before you travel.
  2. Visit the CDC Travel Health site for details on vaccines and other important information to stay healthy while you travel. You can also download CDC’s TravWell app, which helps users find out vaccine and medicine recommendations for each country.
  3. Check with your local health department. Some health departments provide travel vaccines.
  4. Find a travel clinic in your area. A resident of the United States can search the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) for travel medicine specialists or the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) for infectious disease specialists who may or may not practice travel medicine.

Some vaccines, like the yellow fever vaccine, require you to go to an authorized vaccine center. Many yellow fever vaccine centers also provide other pre-travel health care services. Find an authorized center.

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The overall wellbeing of humanitarian aid workers is of great importance to us. We are trying to improve the quality and adding value to the world of humanitarian travel through revolutionary services. Among them, providing the latest information on travel vaccinations. Please contact our experienced staff via diverse means of communication at any given time. Use our quick address locator to contact your nearest Raptim office should you have any questions. You can also follow our blog for more stories and travel information.

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