It may not seem like it now, but winter is more than halfway over! Snow and ice will soon melt, temperatures will start to rise, and more importantly Spring Break is just around the corner! Whether you’re planning on going to Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, or staying in the USA you’ll want to prepare for the local illnesses. (Not sure if you’ve heard- but measles has made a comeback in a number of countries- ours included- and it’s nothing to mess around with) Here is your guide to Spring Break vaccines for 2019 to ensure a healthy trip you’ll be able to enjoy!
Research your travel vaccines
Before heading out on your spring break adventure, be sure to research your destination’s travel vaccines. Although this tip sounds basic, it is important. Some of the most common destinations for spring vacations need more preparation than an average trip:
- Vaccinations– Some locales will have recommendations for the hepatitis A vaccine or the yellow fever vaccine, while only routine shots may be recommended for destinations like Florida.
- Personal Prevention- Prepare for any personal restrictions you may have like gluten intolerance or diabetes. Relaxing vacations don’t mean relaxed health regimens.
- Traveler’s Diarrhea– While not what you may want to think about when planning your trip, TD is a serious risk. Take a traveler’s diarrhea kit with you, especially if you’re traveling to riskier destinations. This includes Mexico, the Caribbean or any developing country.
Current health risks you will need vaccines for
It is important to remember that most vaccines will need to be taken weeks in advance, so after researching the travel vaccines that apply to your spring break get your vaccinations immediately.
- There are outbreaks of measles and mumps in popular destinations in Europe (England, Italy, Greece) and New Zealand. In the United States, most measles cases result from exposures during international travel.
- There is currently a deadly outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil. Travelers to Brazil (including popular destinations like Ilha Grande and the cities of Rio and Sao Paolo) should protect themselves by getting yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days before travel.
- The U.S. and other countries have reported widespread outbreaks of influenza (flu) this season. It’s not too late to get your annual flu shot.
Ensure your health with travel vaccines
- Getting the proper travel vaccines this spring break is another way of making sure unwanted diseases like hepatitis or Japanese encephalitis don’t travel home with you. A lot of diseases have week-long incubation periods, which means you could return home then get a nasty surprise illness. Be sure to get vaccinated before you leave to avoid any unwanted traveling companions.
At AFC Urgent Care New Britain you can walk right in for your Spring Break Vaccine today, no appointment necessary at any of our walk-in clinics. We are located at 135 East Main Street, New Britain CT 06051. We are open 7 days a week and ready to treat you. You can save time by checking in online and we accept most insurances.