Are you planning a trip outside the US? Did you know that flu season may be active there? Protect yourself, take your flu vaccine at least two weeks before traveling.

We are in the “dog days” of summer and it is difficult to think about protecting yourself from influenza/”flu”. Even though influenza activity is low here in the U.S. during summer months, the influenza activity in other parts of the world may be very active.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that “ travelers take action before, during and after their trip to protect themselves and others from flu.” https://www.cdc.gov/flu/travelers/travelersfacts.htm

The link above takes you to CDC’s “Influenza Information for Travelers” page.

It is important that ” individuals who are traveling receive their influenza vaccine at least 2 weeks before travel because it takes 2 weeks for vaccine immunity to develop.”

Vaccines for 2018 – 2019 season may appear on the market as soon as September and will be available for travelers until June 30, 2019.

Plan ahead, take the vaccine early to protect yourself, even if you are not planning to travel, but to protect yourself from non-immune travelers.

Karen A. Hobson, MS, RN, COHN-S/CM
Acuity Specialty Hospital of Southern NJ