Traveling with kids can be wonderful. Sure, there is the occasional temper tantrum in the middle of a quiet cathedral or hysteria over leaving a favorite cuddly toy on the train, but every day is a new cultural experience that expands their minds and teaches them all about the wonders of the world. Unfortunately, there are many destinations that are affected by diseases dangerous enough to warrant the creation of a vaccine. Before you travel, put your mind at ease by making sure your children are up to date on their vaccines.
The importance of routine vaccines
There are corners of the world where polio, measles, and diphtheria still affect the population, which is why the Center for Disease Control recommends that children complete their routine childhood vaccines on the normal schedule before going overseas. Routine childhood vaccines include:
- Hepatitis B
- DTaP (Diptheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis)
- Hepatitis A
If you are planning on traveling overseas before the normal schedule can be completed, there are accelerated schedules available for many vaccines. Travel Vaccines & Wellness Solutions can provide you with more information!
Recommended travel vaccines for children
People can catch typhoid through contaminated food or water, especially if you are visiting a smaller town or rural area in Asia, Central or South America, the Caribbean, or Africa where typhoid fever is common. Children 2 and older can receive a typhoid injection that is good for two years while children 6 and older can receive the vaccine as a series of four pills which provides protection for five years.
Common in rural South and Southeast Asia, this disease is spread by mosquitos and causes brain inflammation. A quarter of people infected with “JE” die and brain damage is common in survivors. Children over one year old can receive the vaccine, which is given in a series of three shots over the course of 30 days. The series should be completed at least 10 days before you leave.
This common worldwide disease is spread through contaminated food or drink. A routine hepatitis A vaccine is given to children after they turn one and can last 20 years or longer.
This fatal disease is spread through the saliva of an infected animal. Children are at a higher risk for rabies because they like playing with animals. A pre-exposure vaccine can provide some protection and can be administered to infants and children in three doses over a three to four week period.
A tropical South American and sub-Saharan concern, yellow fever is spread by mosquitos. A one-dose vaccine is approved for children 9 month and older. Make sure to get the vaccine at least 10 days before you leave and immunity should last 10 years.
Another routine childhood vaccine, the meningococcal vaccine prevents infection from bacteria that can cause disabling or fatal meningitis, blood infections, or pneumonia. It is usually given to children around 11 or 12 years old, but a one-dose vaccine is approved for children as young as 2.
Keeping your children safe is the number one priority for the compassionate team at Travel Vaccines & Wellness Solutions . Contact us today to find out more information!