Immunizations

Project 14 Global Missions does not require you to receive any specific immunizations, but we do highly urge you to be up to date on all vaccinations and to seek out further country-specific immunization advice from the Center for Disease Control. Project 14 Global Missions highly suggests being up to date on these vaccinations: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Td/Tdap), Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), IPV, Polio, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B. As you will see on the CDC website, many more vaccinations are recommended. The aforementioned five vaccinations are the vaccinations that we recommend at this time. Additionally, remember to seek out country-specific vaccination recommendations.

Helpful Links

CDC Recommended Adult Vaccinations

CDC Country-Specific Health Information

CDC Travel Vaccinations Page

Center for Disease Control

CDC Recommended Teen Vaccinations

CDC Travel Page

Immunizations

  1. Have you scheduled a visit to your doctor or a travel medicine provider? – Ideally, set one up 4 to 6 weeks before your trip. Most vaccines take time to become effective in your body and some vaccines must be given in a series over a period of days or sometimes weeks. If it is less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still see your doctor. You might still benefit from shots or medications and other information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while traveling.

  2. Are you aware of which types of vaccinations you or those traveling with you may need? – CDC divides vaccines for travel into three categories: routine, recommended, and required. While your doctor will tell you which ones you should have, it’s best to be aware of them ahead of time.

  3. Routine Vaccinations – Be sure that you and your family are up to date on your routine vaccinations. These vaccines are necessary for protection from diseases that are still common in many parts of the world even though they rarely occur in the United States. If you are not sure which vaccinations are routine, look at the schedules below:

  4. Recommended Vaccinations – These vaccines are recommended to protect travelers from illnesses present in other parts of the world and to prevent the importation of infectious diseases across international borders. Which vaccinations you need depends on a number of factors including your destination, whether you will be spending time in rural areas, the season of the year you are traveling, your age, health status, and previous immunizations.

  5. Required Vaccinations – The only vaccine required by International Health Regulations is yellow fever vaccination for travel to certain countries in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America. Meningococcal vaccination is required by the government of Saudi Arabia for annual travel during the Hajj.

  6. Yellow Fever Use the Health Information for International Travel information below to determine if you will need a yellow fever certificate, and find a clinic that can give the vaccination and issue the certificate.

    • Yellow Fever (disease, vaccination, and vaccination certificate information)

    • Yellow fever vaccination recommendations by country

    • Authorized U.S. yellow fever vaccination clinics

  7. ​Meningococcal Meningitis See Saudi Arabia Hajj Requirements, and Meningococcal Disease in Health Information for International Travel.

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