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Immunization Resources For Humanitarians

Immunization should be an essential step in your pre-travel arrangements. Humanitarians travel where help is needed most. Often, this means going to regions that face various health threats that are different from home. Any time that you travel, you should consider this and consult a healthcare professional.

The good news is that you probably already have been given most of the basic vaccines when you were a child. That said, diseases vary among regions, so it’s important to check what other ones you need. In fact, some vaccines are even an entry requirement. This particularly applies to having a yellow fever vaccine certification.

To make it easier to find information and decide what vaccines you need, we’ve put together a list of immunization resources for humanitarians.

Diseases that can be immunized

Why are Vaccines Important for Humanitarian Travel?

There are many reasons humanitarian travelers should get appropriate vaccines. First of all, you may be exposed to health risks during travel. You can prevent many of these through immunization. By taking steps to protect yourself, you’ll make sure that your trip is not interrupted. Therefore, precautionary travel immunizations should be an essential step in your humanitarian travel planning. Here’s a quick guide to getting travel vaccinations.

Also, many of the diseases that are common in other parts of the world are not a concern back home. You likely don’t have the vaccinations that you need to protect yourself. These illnesses could be really dangerous or deadly—so getting immunizations is no joke! Additionally, if you fly back home carrying a virus, you may put others at risk.

To learn more about immunization and why it’s important, click here. Plus, here is a list of some of the major diseases that can be immunized.

Who should get Travel Vaccinations?

The short answer is everyone. That said, it does depend on your health and where you are traveling. For example, if you suffer from some types of chronic illnesses, you may not be allowed to receive vaccines. Doctors also often advise that pregnant women should avoid vaccinations.

You should always check with a healthcare professional for what is right for your particular situation. A travel health clinic will typically have information on the different vaccines for various countries. Definitely consult a doctor if you are traveling to Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, or Central and South America.

For more information on pre-travel arrangements and immunization, click here.

Where Can You Find Information about Immunization?

There are plenty of resources online that provide information on travel health and vaccines. The World Health Organization is a great source with updated and verified information. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is another useful resource. Both provide general information as well as international health alerts and warnings.

Despite the fact that this information is available online, you should always consult a healthcare professional. He or she will be able to assess your personal health and travel plans and provide the most specific advice. It’s a good idea to visit a travel health clinic at least 6 months before you plan to travel. To learn more about health warnings and alerts, click here.

Travel warning and alerts

 Which Vaccines should you get when Traveling?

The vaccines you’ll need depend on your destination. As we have mentioned above, you should ask for guidance from a healthcare professional. For example, not all regions in a country may be exposed to the same risks. This means that depending on where you travel locally, you may or may not need certain immunizations.

If you travel frequently to various destinations, your doctor will likely advise you to have vaccines such as typhoid, tetanus, and hepatitis. You will also probably need the yellow fever vaccine. In fact, it’s a requirement to enter many countries, and the border offices will check for your yellow fever vaccine certificate.

For additional information, you can access our guides on vaccines when traveling to the Middle East, and to Africa.

What Other Health Precautions should You Take?

When preparing for humanitarian travel, there are a number of pre-travel arrangements to make. Health and safety must be on your list. Besides vaccinations, you should check other travel alerts and recommendations for your destination. For example, you may need to bring certain medicines or take specific precautions when you are there.

Additionally, if you go for a long time, get your annual check-up done before you leave. This way you’ll know if you should take care of any health issues before traveling. You can also get your prescription medicine filled before you leave. Plus, doing so gives great peace of mind!

For more information on pre-travel arrangements and healthcare click here.

Tips for Staying Healthy for Humanitarians

It is important to prepare for international travel. However, sometimes, you just can’t avoid getting sick while abroad. If you do, always contact a healthcare professional as soon as possible. The symptoms or concerns that may be normal back home could signal something more serious in a different country. The faster you discover what’s wrong with you, the easier it will be to treat it.

At the same time, to stay healthy, make sure to follow your organization’s and local advice. For example, use mosquito spray and nets when in an area affected by mosquito-borne diseases. Do not drink tap water or eat street food if advised not to do so. Make sure to wash your hands regularly. These and any other advised health precautions will keep you safe and healthy throughout your journey.

For more humanitarian health management tips, click here.

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