Health Watch - Vacation: Travel Vaccinations

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the health benefits of a vacation. We’ve discussed how important a vacation can be to your mental health. If that’s convinced you to make travel plans, take some time to evaluate your vaccinations.

Your chances of catching a serious illness while traveling abroad are slim, but it’s still a good idea to make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date and to check any advisories for the areas you plan to visit. There are diseases that are rare in the United States that are common in other countries.

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, an infectious diseases expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you should be up-to-date on your shots even when traveling within the United States. There have been outbreaks of measles and mumps in certain regions of the U.S. Check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or with your doctor to determine which shots you’ll need for your destination.

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July 2010


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