Vaccines for the International Traveler

Traveling outside the United States? Plan ahead for your travel shots.

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Where can I get information on international travel shots?

The Minnesota Department of Health does not provide international travel health consultation or international travel shots.

Information on international travel shots and other travel health issues including disease and concerns about food and water supplies is available by country on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel website.

How soon before I travel do I need to get vaccinated?

Start planning now. Some vaccines take up to six months for the entire series.

What vaccines will I need?

The international travel vaccines you need depend on your travel destination, age, current medical condition, occupation and lifestyle.

Where do I go to get international travel shots?

It depends. If you are going to Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, or New Zealand, your health care provider should be able to give you the shots you need.

If you are going to any other country than those just listed, an international travel health clinic is your best resource.

Here's a list of international travel health clinics in Minnesota.

Do I need yellow fever vaccine?

If you are going to Africa, Central America, or South America, you may need yellow fever vaccine or other vaccines your health care provider might not have. International travel health clinics are the only places that can give yellow fever vaccine.

Are your routine immunizations up to date?

Don't just get your international travel shots! It's a good idea for adults and children to be up to date with routine vaccines before they leave the country.

Children. Children are vaccinated against 12 diseases in the United States. If you aren't sure your children are up to date with their routine shots, check the immunization schedule for children or call their health care provider.

Adults. Adults need routine vaccines too! If you aren't sure you are up to date, check the immunization schedule for adults or call your health care provider.

Related information

  • State Department’s Travel website includes travel warnings, information on how to get visas and passports, and a wealth of other international travel tips.

Updated Friday, November 13, 2015 at 01:39PM