It’s almost that time! Can you believe that in a few short weeks school will be out and the lazy days of summer will begin? That pesky algebra homework will soon be a distant memory and afternoons of pool time fun will be the new norm. Sunscreen and bug spray always seem to make it to the top of the summer checklist, but you don’t want to forget your most important must-have summer items—vaccines! Between summer camps, traveling and sleepovers, children and adults alike are exposed to a wide spectrum of vaccine preventable diseases. In addition to vaccines that keep your family healthy throughout the year, you should also talk to your doctor about any additional vaccinations you and your family may need before jetting off on that well-deserved vacation.
It is also important to remember that domestic travel poses the same risks as international travel. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
“Travel—both within the United States and to other countries—can expose you to infectious viruses and bacteria. If you and your loved ones are not protected by up-to-date vaccinations, you are at risk of catching serious diseases.”
Planning a vacation can be stressful, so eliminate concerns about the health of you and your family by making sure that you are protected before you even pack your bags. After a fun filled family vacation, the last thing you want is to come home and find out that a few germs decided to stowaway and make a one way trip with you. Vaccine preventable diseases don’t take a vacation so make sure they don’t ruin yours!