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Americans who travel abroad can protect their health by taking precautions before leaving the country.


The CDC issues travel notices designed to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific destinations. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health.

The risk of influenza, measles, mumps,and other diseases easily spread from person-to-person is related to travel and living conditions. People from all over the world may travel and share close living quarters or traveling space with people from many different places. This increases the risk of exposure to illnesses. Travelers should be up-to-date with routine vaccinations, including influenza vaccine. Other travel vaccines should be considered according to what countries you are planning to visit.

Click here for more information about preparing for international travel.

Click here to see specific travel warnings from the CDC.

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