The CDC divides travel vaccines
into routine, recommended, and required. Your provider will review these with you.
They will talk about what you need for your travel plans. Review your vaccine
history with your healthcare provider. Adults should have completed the primary
childhood vaccine series. Also be sure that infants and children are on schedule
with their vaccine series.
You may also need these
Tetanus-diphtheria (Td). You should have a booster of the adult Td
vaccine every 10 years. If you are an adult and have not yet had a Td booster
with the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine
(Tdap), you should get that shot first. After a
1-time Tdap vaccine, get a Td booster every 10 years.
Influenza (flu). A yearly vaccine is advised by
the CDC for everyone age 6 months and older.
Pneumococcal. There are
several types of this vaccine. A vaccine is advised for people 65 years or
older and for other people at high risk. This includes people with heart
disease, cancer, or diabetes. It includes people with lung problems such as
asthma, or kidney problems. And it includes people who have problems with
their immune system. Talk with your healthcare provider about which vaccine
is best for you.
You’ll need this if you plan to travel to and stay for more than 4 weeks in a
country where polio is still active. this is true for babies, children, and
adults. Each should get a polio vaccine for their age group, or a polio booster
within 12 months before travel.
Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR). People 6 months of
age and older who travel abroad should be protected against measles. The MMR
vaccine is advised for people born after 1957 who plan to travel outside the
U.S. Talk with your healthcare provider about how many doses you may
COVID-19. As vaccines for
COVID-19 become increasingly available, you will likely need to show that you
have been vaccinated or have immunity before traveling on planes and to certain
areas of the world.