Staying Healthy On A Last-Minute Trip
CDC recommends seeing a doctor at least 4–6 weeks before international travel, but a visit to a travel medicine specialist is valuable even if you have less time.
Ideally, you should see a doctor at least 4–6 weeks before international travel, since many travel vaccines require multiple shots and take time to become fully effective. However, even if you are leaving soon, a visit to a travel medicine doctor is valuable.
Some vaccines give partial protection after a single dose, and your doctor can counsel you on other ways you can reduce your risk of illness or injury.
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Talk to your doctor about what vaccines you might need for your trip. Based on your destination and planned activities, you might need some, all, or none of the vaccines discussed in this section.