Why You Need to Get the Proper Shots Before You Travel

It’s common for couples to want to take a trip before starting fertility treatment.  It is understood that once a cycle starts, travelling can be an issue due to the blood work and ultrasound that is needed to monitor treatment.  What many people fail to realize is that travelling abroad can have some health risks.  It is important to be up to date with your shots and to have the recommended vaccines before you travel.couple

Need for Vaccines

In increasing numbers, people are travelling internationally for business and recreation.  Ensuring you’re vaccinated beforehand can significantly reduce your likelihood of developing serious illness.  Furthermore, this issue is not limited to international travel.  Some areas in the US can pose issues where there are low vaccination rates or a high number of infectious diseases such as Hepatitis A.

Following the CDC’s immunization schedule can help to ensure that you have the highest level of protection against certain diseases.  You can ask your physician about your immunization history and about what shots you and your family may need before traveling.

Important Vaccines

The suggested vaccines will vary based on the part of the world you are traveling to.  In some locations in Africa and South America, yellow fever is a concern.  In some parts of Asia, Meningococcal diseases are a concern.  Be sure to speak with your physician about the area you will be travelling to.  That will allow the medical professional to tailor your vaccination to the specific needs of the region.

Generally speaking, if you are traveling to first world, industrial nations such as:

  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • New Zealand

Your vaccination needs will be the same as traveling within the United States. Individuals with compromised immune systems, including those that are pregnant, should still speak with their doctor before traveling.

For additional information on what steps you can take to protect your reproductive health while traveling, contact New Hope Fertility Center. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676.  Thank you.


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