Vaccinations before you vacation Vaccinations before you vacation

Vaccinations before you vacation

Before 19 December, 2016 Ana María López de Mesa

Whether your trip is short, long, for vacation or for business, all travelers should know what the vaccine requirements for their destinations are. 

Until they are completely eradicated, governments from around the world together with international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) will work to reduce infectious diseases from spreading across the globe and to protect the health of all people in case of contact with an infectious agent.

In addition to routine vaccinations, there are some specific ones that different governments around the world require for people to migrate into their country. These requirements exist either because those who enter the country run the risk of contracting a disease, or because they come from nations where certain diseases are common and they can be carriers of infectious agents.

Currently, there is no unified list of vaccines that applies to all people or all destinations. It is therefore important to know the specific requirements of the destination you are traveling to, your risk level of exposure to a disease as well as the conditions of your own personal health. It is also important to access this information far in advance because some vaccines only become effective several weeks after they are administered.

5 of the most common vaccines for travel:

  1. Yellow fever
  2. Polio
  3. Cholera
  4. Hepatitis A or E
  5. Meningococcal


While vaccines are the most effective form of protection against infectious diseases, they are not 100% effective will all people. Additional precautions should be taken such as being cautions of the food and drink you consume.