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Planning Needed For Immunizations If Traveling Abroad

Posted: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 at 6:23 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Shaylon Cochran

Whether traveling abroad for pleasure or service, there are many things to consider when making those plans, not least of which is immunizations.

Depending upon the destination, receiving the proper scheduled doses of vaccines can take months. Rayatte Gardner a technician with Pella Regional Health Center says as soon as you make a decision to travel, you need to consult your physician to find out what immunizations you will need and begin that process.

She says residents in the area come in with plans for travel all over the world and typically, she distributes vaccinations for things such as hepatitis A, tetenus, whooping cough and some others.

She says even one dose of a given vaccine is better than none before a trip, though when possible the full schedule should be administered to reduce the risk of transmission.