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Even in the absence of international requirements, risk of infectious disease exposure related to geographical destination, insect and animal contact and occupation may make pre-travel immunizations appropriate. Vaccinations that should be considered for international travel include the following:

Cholera immunization is generally not recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for international travel. Regardless of WHO recommendations, to avoid a request for cholera vaccination at a border from poorly informed officials, cholera vaccination may be warranted. In countries with cholera infected areas travelers may need a valid cholera certificate, which is available from the Genesee Infectious Diseases & Travel Medicine Center.

Hepatitis A Vaccine/Immune Globulin:
Hepatitis A virus infection is a significant risk for travelers going on repeated or prolonged trips to destinations where unsanitary foot and water conditions promote fecal oral transmission. Protective antibodies are present two to four weeks after receiving the first of a series of two injections for Hepatitis A vaccination. A booster dose is given six months to one year after the initial injection and this vaccine is predicted to provide lifetime protection against Hepatitis A.

Immune globulin may also be used to protect travelers against Hepatitis A infection. Protection is immediate and lasts for approximately 90 days.

Japanese Encephalitis:
Japanese Encephalitis is a viral infection spread by Culex mosquitoes in many areas of Asia and Southeast Asia. A three dose primary immunization series is recommended for travelers going to areas of risk. The three doses are ideally given on a schedule of 0,7 and 30 days. In the case of time constraints an accelerated schedule is available.

Meningococcal Meningitis:
Meningococcal meningitis is caused by a bacterium that enters the body through the respiratory system. This vaccine is currently recommended to travelers to Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Tanzania and Brazil. Persons traveling to high-risk areas should be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis and vaccination is valid for approximately three years.

Typhoid Fever:
Typhoid Fever is a severe systemic bacterial infection that is transmitted via contaminated food and water. Immunization is recommended for all persons traveling to areas where sanitary conditions are uncertain or those travelers anticipating prolonged travel. Typhoid Fever vaccination is available orally or through an injection and lasts from three to five years.

Yellow Fever Vaccination:
Some countries require a validated Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. The Genesee Infectious Diseases & Travel Medicine Center is licensed by the Michigan Department of Public Health to provide this vaccine. The Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is valid ten days after the primary dose and is good for ten years.

Other Vaccines:
Other vaccinations available from the Genesee Infectious Diseases & Travel Medicine Center include oral polio, Hepatitis B, Influenza, Pneumovax, tetanus toxoid and tetanus diphtheria.

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