Disease migration has become a focal point during the last months of 2019. The Flu arriving in the Southern US and measles outbreaks in Samoa, Fiji, and New Zealand. What is a traveler to do?

It is always a good idea when planning a trip of any length to check the website of the Centers for Disease Control.

Here you can check any locations in both the US and the World for diseases, vaccines, and other preventive measures.

If you do wish to guard yourself against a disease that has a vaccine like Hepatitis A or B, then you should check with your doctor on when they need to be done. Some can take months, or must be administered shortly before departure. You doctor can advise you and help you plan the best course of action.

One of the most important things to be aware of is that in many countries and indeed in areas of the US, vaccination levels have dropped in children and now in adults. It is no longer the case where a traveler should consider diseases like Mumps and Measles are not able to be contracted and spread. This is especially for travelers that are children, older travelers, and travelers with reduced immune systems.

This kind of planning is an important part of trip planning in general.

Enjoy! Kleon