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Vaccinations Before Overseas Travel

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New research shows that more Americans are putting themselves and others at risk of highly contagious diseases by not getting the proper vaccinations before traveling overseas.

“Once you get the two shots, that’s a lifetime immunity.”

Frequent traveler Ben Pratt is going to India in January and is getting his shots now to make sure he doesn’t get sick overseas.

“I know friends that have been sick overseas, and I don’t want that for me or my companions.”

But a new study finds many Americans are traveling overseas without being fully vaccinated for the measles, mumps, and rubella. Researchers examined nearly 41,000 international U.S. travelers and found 16% needed the MMR vaccine, but only about half chose to receive it. 

Health experts say most measles outbreaks in the U.S. are caused by unvaccinated people who are infected overseas. 

“Most people believe that they’ve already had their childhood immunizations, they’re just like ‘oh yeah, I would have had that,’ and no further consideration.”

Another study finds that a hepatitis A outbreak in Mexico earlier this year could have been prevented if the travelers had been vaccinated.
“Even if you’re going to Mexico, Europe, anywhere you’re traveling, there are probably vaccines that you should check on,” says Dr. Amy Edwards, University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Doctors say anyone traveling overseas should consult with health experts two months before leaving the country. 

Exposure to contaminated food and water is the most common way Americans get infected with hepatitis A, which can lead to fever, nausea, stomach pain and jaundice. 

Measles is one of the most common contagious diseases in the world and can cause pneumonia, brain swelling, and potentially death. 

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