Are you traveling abroad with your family soon? International travel to developing countries and rural areas may put you at higher risk of exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases that may be common in other parts of the world.
We are going to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic in a few weeks and we recently visited a local Travel Clinic to speak with a doctor and get the recommended vaccines for everyone in our family, all personalized to our destination.
If you are planning to travel internationally with your family then be sure to plan ahead and visit your family doctor or your local Travel Clinic to chat about your travel destination, your vaccination history and the recommended vaccines you should get to lower your chances of getting or spreading certain diseases. Make sure you book an appointment at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip, to ensure your body builds up immunity after getting the vaccines and before exposure.
The Canadian Government has a great website where you can find up to date information on which vaccines are recommended for specific destinations as well. You can just enter your destination on the box and find a list of their recommendations, super handy!
Getting all of your vaccinations before your trip is highly recommended but the best way to protect yourself and your family against disease is by using common sense and being careful with what you eat or drink at your destination, following water safety tips, using bug repellent and washing your hands often with soap and water. These easy little tips will help keep you stay healthy and safe while you enjoy your family holidays.
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