Image by Daniel Dan outsideclick from Pixabay
Image by Daniel Dan outsideclick from Pixabay

Information for travelers about specific diseases which can affect them while traveling.

Being aware of the most common infectious diseases contracted during vacation travel is vital to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. By taking the necessary precautions, getting vaccinated when appropriate, and following safe food and water practices, you can minimize the risk of bringing home an unwanted souvenir. Always consult a travel medicine specialist before embarking on your journey to ensure you are well-prepared and protected against potential health risks.

Here's an overview of the travel related infectious diseases sorted into three categories.

Common Diseases:

These diseases are quite common worldwide. Most people have heard of them and there are often vaccines or treatments available, although there is still significant morbidity and mortality associated with some, particularly in certain regions.

Common in Specific Regions:

These diseases are more common in certain parts of the world. They may be rare or even unheard of in other areas, but pose a significant health risk in the regions where they are prevalent.

Rare Diseases:

These are not commonly seen and are generally less well-known. They may not have effective treatments or vaccines, and could be quite serious or deadly.

Please note that the distribution and prevalence of these diseases can change over time due to factors such as environmental changes, vector control efforts, and public health initiatives. Always refer to the most recent information when considering risks associated with travel or residency in specific regions.


You may be able to get some travel vaccines from your primary healthcare provider or from a travel clinic. 

Travel Vaccines

Here is a list of possible vaccines that you may need to get for the first time or boosters before you travel.

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