Travelers

For the Public: International Travel and Vaccinations

Whatever your reason for travel, it is important know before you go. Below are resources to help you navigate recommendations to keep you healthy before, during, and after international travel. 

Before Your Trip

  1. Recommended Immunizations. If you plan to travel outside the country, you may need immunizations to protect yourself against diseases that aren't common in the United States.
    • Make sure you are up-to-date on your mandatory and recommended immunizations.
    • Your local health department may give travel immunizations or refer you to local health care providers. The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) does not give immunizations or have any clinics.
  2. Mandatory Immunizations. Some vaccines, such as the Yellow Fever vaccine, are required to enter a country or to return to the United States.
    • ISDH doesn't provide the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, commonly known as the Yellow Card. This card may be available from your healthcare provider or your local health department.
  3. Travel Assessment. Talk to your healthcare provider about your type of travel and how best to prepare.
  4. Packing Lists. Consult the CDC “Healthy Packing” lists to be prepared for your destination and type of travel.
  5. Learn about other safety and prevention measures. No matter your reason or type of traveling, ISDH encourages you to be proactive, prepared, and protected when it comes to your health and the health of others while you are traveling.
  6. Stay Informed. Both the CDC and the US Department of State have information available regarding health issues and safety and security for destinations abroad.

After Your Trip

  1. What to do if you feel unwell. While most illnesses after travel are mild, some symptoms may warrant a trip to the doctor. 
  2. Understand how infectious diseases spread. Knowing how infectious diseases spread will help protect you from getting sick while traveling and decrease the likelihood that you will spread illness to other travelers.