If you're traveling outside North America or Western Europe, more
time and consideration are needed to protect your health. Each year,
hundreds of thousands of people travel to countries where diseases
such as malaria, typhoid, hepatitis A, polio measles and meningitis
still pose serious threats to the unprotected traveler. Extra
precautions are needed to safeguard your health. Below is some
common questions and travel trips.
|When should I be immunized?
Some immunization schedules can take up to 8 weeks to complete. It's important to visit your health-care professional as soon What immunizations do I need?
as you know your destination and itinerary. If a single vaccination is needed you should plan on being immunized at a
minumum of 14 days before your departure.
There are three types of immunizations: routine, required, and recommended.
Routine: All adults should update routine immunizations as recommended. An example is tetanus and diphtheria vaccine,
which should be administered every 10 years.
Required: Proof of immunization is required to enter a country.
A certificate for International travel may be required for certain countries in Africa or South America, you may require a certificate of
vaccination against yellow fever. Your vaccination can be administered only in a clinic that has been approved by the World
Health Organization (WHO) to administer yellow fever vaccine. The Marion County Health Department is a certified Yellow Fever
site and has been approved to administer yellow fever vaccine.
Recommended: Depending on your itinerary, planned activities, and current health status, your health-care professional may
recommend one or more of these immunizations such as Polio, Influenza, Hepatitis B, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis A or Meningitis.
How do I know what Immunizations are needed for the country I am visiting?
Call the Marion County Health Department's Salem Office at 618-548-3878 or Centralia Office at 618-532-6518 and a nurse will take
down some basic information about your travel plans. This information will be submitted to the Illinois Department of Public Health who
will send back a Travax. The Travax will contain specific information regarding what immunizations are required and / or recommended
for your travel destination along with other pertinent health and travel information.
Call the Salem Office at 618-548-3878
or Centralia Office at 618-532-6518 for
a travel itinerary.