Travel Shots: Vaccination Before Taking Off

travel-vaccination-niren-associatesMost countries have their own methods and immunization programs that keep diseases in control. A lot of such diseases are endemic in some countries and may be totally absent in others.  You need to get the right vaccine that will help you to resist infection of a disease if  the country where you are going has a prevalence of this disease.

Planning Your Vaccinations Ahead of Time

Travel advisories will list the sort of immunizations that you need for the countries that you are scheduled to travel to.  It is best if such shots are taken four to six weeks before you actually make your trip. It also gives your body the required time to absorb the vaccine so that it becomes effective. Such immunization also has to be taken from medical practitioners or other agencies authorized to carry them out. They will then give you the necessary certificate or endorsement that will be accepted by the countries you are traveling to.

The period can also depend on the type of vaccine, as some of them require longer times to become effective. Most such vaccinations fall into three distinct categories:

  1. There are some that are routinely required as a matter of good health
  2. Others that are recommended to maintain your health during the travel phase
  3. Others that are mandatory requirements by the countries that you travel to

Most vaccinations that are necessary are guided by the rules laid down by International Health Regulations.  These can constantly change depending on season and events taking place in countries that you visit. These vaccinations are generally delivered through injections, as these are considered methods where the ingestion of the drug or vaccine is guaranteed.

Besides some country-specific vaccines, it also makes sense to ensure that you have standard vaccinations that are required in your own country. This ensures that you do not fall ill from any of the covered diseases and thus spend your precious travel time and money visiting doctors or other medical facilities.

Vaccinate For Your Sake, and Others

Millions of people travel through various parts of the world and this has become much easier with the ease and convenience of air travel.  This in its own way has also led to diseases and viruses being able to travel to all areas and thus cause their own sicknesses. This has made vaccines and immunization a must for all forms of travel, as this allows all countries to keep their own tabs on travelers coming into a country. It is best to visit a travel clinic and get complete information about the pandemics prevalent in those areas and which you need to guard against. Even if visits are planned at the last minute, it is best to get  the right medical advice before making that trip. This may save you a lot of inconvenience in the long run.

When it comes to entering Canada or the US, travelers should know exactly what vaccinations may be necessary.  Contact immigration lawyers Niren and Associates who can advise you on all the visa requirements and point you in the right direction for finding out about vaccinations, that are necessary to have before visiting North America.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Fadi Minawi

Fadi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is called to the New York State Bar and is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently serving as the Media Liaison for the Canadian Chapter of AILA. Fadi has extensive experience in US immigration matters and is the firm’s lead in the area of US immigration. He is specialized in corporate and family immigration, as well as issues dealing with US inadmissibility.

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