Your bags are packed and you’re ready to set out on a big adventure to a far off destination. However, you you may be forgetting more than your toothbrush or an extra pair of socks. There are several vaccinations that health experts deem essential for travel outside of North America, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia to protect you from bringing home more than just a few tacky souvenirs.
The following common vaccinations should be kept up-to-date before your travel adventure begins…
1. Japanese Encephalitis
You risk contracting this mosquito-borne virus (related to West Nile) if you plan to travel to rural South Asia or certain areas of Japan, India, and Thailand for longer periods of time, according to the National Institutes of Health.
The vaccine is administered in two doses during a 4-week timeframe, and must be finished at least 10-days before your departure. Japanese encephalitis causes severe and life-threatening inflammation around the brain (i.e., meningitis) as well as encephalitis, paralysis, seizures, and other neurologic issues.