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Vaccine Preventable Diseases & Immunizations

Find out more about the diseases you may encounter, and the vaccine information that can help protect you.

DISEASES

  • DIPHTHERIA
    Diphtheria is a disease of the respiratory passages, transmitted from person to person.

  • PERTUSSIS
    Pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection.

  • HEPATITIS A
    Hepatitis A is a virus that is very common in developing countries where sanitation is poor, but can also occur in other countries.

  • POLIOMYELITIS
    Poliomyelitis is an infection of the gastrointestinal tract. It can also lead to serious nervous system problems.

  • HEPATITIS B
    Hepatitis B is one of several viruses that can cause hepatitis (liver disease).

  • RABIES
    Rabies is a rare viral infection of the brain, contracted from an infected animal.

  • INFLUENZA
    Influenza, or the "flu," is a very contagious respiratory infection caused by a virus.

  • RUBELLA
    Rubella (German measles) is a viral infection transmitted from person to person through contact with contaminated respiratory secretions.

  • JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS
    Japanese encephalitis is a virus that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

  • TETANUS
    Tetanus (lockjaw) is a rare but severe disease that causes muscle contractions.

  • MEASLES
    Measles is transmitted easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected individuals.

  • TYPHOID FEVER
    Typhoid is a serious, sometimes fatal, illness caused by a bacterium called Salmonella Typhi

  • MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE
    Meningococcal disease can result in meningitis, an infection of the brain and spinal cord.

  • YELLOW FEVER
    Yellow fever is a viral illness, carried by some species of mosquito.

  • MUMPS
    Mumps is a viral infection transmitted through the respiratory route.

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For more information visit:
wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/diseases.htm

IMMUNIZATIONS

When you select a disease from the list at left, vaccine information will appear in the section below.

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Diseases to Guard Against

When you’ve added your destinations, it is recommended that you take this list to your doctor so you can discuss relevant vaccinations before you travel.

Travel vaccines help protect you from illnesses present in other parts of the world, and help prevent the importation of infectious diseases across international borders. Which vaccinations you need depends on a number of factors, including your age, health status, and previous immunizations.

COMBINATION VACCINES

There are combination vaccines that help protect against multiple diseases that may reduce the number of shots you need.

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