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Do you know what to say when patients ask you about travel shots?

Ever have a patient say, "I am going on a trip. Do I need any shots?" Do you know where to get up to date, accurate information to all their questions about travel shots?Sometimes , they just want to know if any shots are required for their trip. Some people think if a shot isn't required they then don't need anything to protect themselves. Whether you administer travel vaccines or not, you need to know what to say when patients ask you about travel shots.

3  Categories of Immunizations

               1. Routine

               2. Recommended

               3. Required

For starters, everyone needs to have their routine adult immunizations up to date whether they are traveling or not.  Take this as a golden opportunity to update their routine vaccines. Next, look up what recommended immunizations are suggested for their trip at www.cdc.gov/travel.  Check to see if there are any required vaccines for their trip. Required immunizations are those that the country they are traveling to mandates to protect their populations and prevent the spread of disease.

Remind your patients that just because there may be no required vaccines, doesn't mean your patient wouldn't benefit from immunizations before they travel. Interested in learning more about travel health? Check out The Comprehensive Course in Travel Health, an online primer for NP's and RN's on travel health.

 

 

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