When you travel internationally with children, there are some health risks involved. While many serious infectious diseases have been eradicated in the United States, there are many places in the world where preventable diseases are still common.
By learning about the conditions of the country you’re visiting through an in depth travel consultation, ensuring vaccines are up to date, and avoiding unnecessary risks, you can decrease your and your child’s exposure to germs, viruses, and bacteria.
Because it can take up to 2-3 weeks for vaccines to provide immunity, Carnegie Hill Pediatrics recommends scheduling your travel consultation as early as possible.
Depending on where you’re traveling, vaccines may be recommended for both you and your child. Your destination often determines the diseases that you need protection against, so be sure to discuss your plans with your pediatrician well in advance.
No matter where you’re traveling, be sure that your child’s vaccines are up to date. If you’re traveling before your child has had all their vaccines, talk to your pediatrician at Carnegie Hill Pediatrics. If your situation warrants it, your doctor may recommend an accelerated vaccine schedule.
Even if you’re not traveling to a remote or high-risk area, nearly one million people travel every day. When you travel, you’re both exposed to people from all over the world. For your health, your child’s health, and the global public’s health, it’s important to vaccinate.
If you’re traveling internationally, your pediatrician may recommend a range of vaccines. For instance, your doctor may suggest taking a malaria prophylaxis by mouth or a yellow fever vaccination when you visit South Africa. Other recommended vaccines may include:
Depending on your destination, your doctor may also suggest medications for the prevention of:
If you plan on traveling internationally with your child soon, be prepared. Contact Carnegie Hill Pediatrics today to schedule your travel consultation. You can even book online.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!