So, you’re thinking about traveling to a new country, but aren’t sure if you should take the vaccine? Here’s a quick rundown on the pros and cons of traveling to certain countries and whether or not you should take the vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that some countries have highly active viruses that can cause deadly diseases, such as the Zika virus. If you are traveling to any of these countries, it is important to take the recommended vaccines: yellow fever, rabies, dengue, and chikungunya.
Even if you aren’t traveling to these specific countries, it’s always a good idea to get the flu vaccine each year, as the flu is often an unpredictable year-round threat. But just because some countries have deadly viruses doesn’t mean you should avoid all travel.
The World Health Organization says that there is no perfect way to avoid getting sick abroad, but by following a few simple guidelines you can minimize your chances of getting sick: practice safe backpacking safety practices, avoid close contact with sick people and stay healthy by following healthy travel habits. And if you do get sick while traveling, make sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Traveling can be a fun and adventurous experience, but it’s also important to be safe and aware of the risks involved.