The CDC divides travel vaccines
into routine, recommended, and required categories. Your provider will review all
categories with you, specific to the place where you will be going.
You may need these vaccines:
A yearly influenza (flu)
vaccine is advised by the CDC for everyone age 6 months and older.
Two pneumococcal vaccines
about 8 weeks apart are also advised for people 65 years or older and for
other people at high risk. This includes people with heart disease, cancer,
diabetes, lung problems such as asthma, kidney problems, or problems with
their immune system.
Babies, children, and
adults traveling to countries where polio is still active, and staying for
more than 4 weeks, should get age-appropriate polio vaccines or a polio booster within 12 months before
Two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine are
advised for people born after 1956 who are traveling outside the U.S.