“What sort of vaccinations did you get before your trip,” people often ask?
The simple answer is “I don’t know.”
Like so many of us, I had the standard vaccinations when I was a baby.
I couldn’t tell you what they were; but, somewhere at home, I’ve got a little card with illegible doctor’s handwriting detailing what was done.
The reality is, for most places on earth, that’s more than enough.
What Travel Vaccinations do I Have?
Before heading to Nicaragua a decade ago, I started the vaccination process.
Then, I got lazy and stopped.
I think I’m about 1/3 through the Rabies vaccine; and I might have gotten one for Hepatitis.
In the years since, I have visited dozens of countries with no problem.
Sure, I’ve had to visit the ER a few times; but never because of a lack of a shot.
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What does the CDC Say?
It’s a safe bet the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would disagree with my lackadaisical approach to travel vaccines.
It usually suggests Hepatitis A and Typhoid immunizations; and some countries actually require proof of a Yellow Fever vaccine to enter.
Rabies is also a popular recommendation; though, it’s pretty painful and easy to get abroad; unless you’re traveling in a remote area.
So, should you vaccinate or not?
In the end, this is a decision you will have to make on your own.
My personal beliefs steer me away from vaccinations and hospitals; but, I know this way of travel and life is not for everyone.
Above all else, do your research, know what vaccinations are required before you leave and make an educated decision.