Category Archives Vaccinations

Yesterday, the Practical Traveler reminded travelers that “Getting vaccinated may be the last thing on your mind when heading off on vacation, but it’s important — whether you are traveling to an exotic destination or not.” This point is illustrated by last month’s advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documenting the unusually high number of measles cases…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that the 2012 edition of its definitive Yellow Book is now available in bookstores. This authoritative reference work is written by health professionals but is very accessible for international travelers who want to understand the risks of infectious disease around the world and how to manage common problems such as…

As if budget woes are not enough, last month the State of California officially declared a statewide whooping cough epidemic. With recorded cases 400 percent higher than last year, including almost 1000 cases in 2010 with five infant deaths, state officials now believe that California is headed for the highest incidence of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, in over…

Key West, FL has reported 28 cases of dengue fever since July 2009 – prior to July 2009 dengue was absent from the continental U.S. since 1945 and from Florida since 1934. Why dengue has returned to Florida is still being investigated but some contributing factors might be an increase in mosquitoes capable of delivering the disease, an increase in…

A British doctor, whose research linked autism to common vaccines, was stripped of his license to practice medicine earlier this week. Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose reports in 1998 found an increased incidence of autism in children who received generic viagra online the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines, and whose study influenced millions of parents to forego vaccinations for their children,…

As reported last month, several cases of meningitis have been reported in the Sub-Sahara so far this year.  In this area where the high season for meningitis runs from December to June, there has been a big push to get those at risk for infection vaccinated.  The vaccines being offered effectively protect 90% of those who receive it from the…

Good news for travelers throughout Asia.  There is a new vaccine against Japanese encephalitis that significantly reduces typical side effects. We all know that mosquitoes transmit some very serious viruses to humans. In addition to malaria and dengue fever, another mosquito-driven disease is Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV).  As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) JEV is endemic in parts of…

A report released yesterday by a United States Pharmacopeia program, in partnership with the World Health Organization, cited an increasing level of resistance to Artemisinin -- the last affordable drug in the global arsenal against malaria.  The drug resistance is emerging in Uganda, Senegal, Madagascar, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, and is thought to be due in large part to the sale…

In a recent Wall Street Journal post, Avoiding Illness on the Road, Dr. Phyllis Kozarsky, a travel health expert for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), offered some good advice for travelers, particularly business travelers.  In this piece Dr. Kozrsky correctly to advises those who are travelling overseas to get immunized, even if coincident with departure.  However, nascent travelers should be aware that protection is…

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