Winter will bring cold temperatures, snow and wind to the Cowboy state in the upcoming weeks. Along with the changing weather, comes the desire for many Wyoming residents to start planning vacations to warmer climates.
Travelers don’t want their vacation remembered for illness. Whether travel plans include an upscale resort or a third world village, potential precautions are needed before entering certain countries.
Appointments should be made with Rocky Mountain Infectious Diseases for immunizations needed for traveling four to six weeks before leaving the country. A doctor will verify that routine immunizations are current for patients as well as assessing any travel-related needs. RMID will also inform patients of potential health risks in the country being visited and advise patients on any necessary health precautions.
Typically, people traveling to economically-developing nations are offered more vaccinations options than those visiting developed countries. Different countries recommend or require different vaccinations. Possible immunizations depending on the region are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid and yellow fever. For example, travelers to Latin America may opt to receive the hepatitis A vaccination, a vaccine-preventable disease. Hepatitis A is primarily contracted from contaminated food and water.
It’s also important to make sure you have some basic first aid and medication with you when you travel. You can see our list of recommendations here.
Few countries require any vaccinations for travelers coming from the United States. Other vaccinations are recommended based on patient age, health history and destination. Check with RMID before traveling to ensure health concerns don’t hamper an enjoyable vacation.