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‚ÄčTraveler's Checklist

Before you travel, the following checklist will help you to prepare for a safe and healthy trip:

  • Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider well in advance of your trip.
  • Have necessary immunizations for your destination.
  • Check insurance coverage for travel abroad.
  • Have your insurance information cards and claim forms with you.
  • Get a letter from your healthcare provider regarding your health history, medicines, allergies, and immunization records.
  • Have an emergency release form.
  • Complete the inside page of your passport with important identification and emergency contact information.
  • Have an ample supply of medicine. Keep all prescription and over-the-counter medicines in original, labeled containers. Do not use pill cases or other unlabeled containers.
  • Carry along extra prescriptions, as well as a letter from your healthcare provider explaining your need for the medicine. Some countries have strict laws regarding narcotics.
  • Carry along the generic names of your medicines. Pharmaceutical companies overseas may use different names from those in the United States.
  • If you wear eyeglasses, take an extra pair with you.
  • As an extra precaution, pack extra eyeglasses and medicine in carry-on luggage in case checked baggage is lost.
  • Consider wearing a "medical alert" bracelet if you have allergies or reactions to medicines, insect bites, certain foods, or other unique medical problems.
  • Pack a travelers' first aid kit for on-the-road emergencies. Visit the CDC website for a complete list of what to include. 
  • Discuss with your healthcare provider how you will take medicine as you cross time zones.
  • Pack epinephrine (EpiPen) and antihistamines if you have severe allergies. They should always be kept within close reach. 
  • Check with the American Embassy or Consulate to ask about the types of medicines allowed into the country you are visiting.

 

 

Typhoid Vaccine, Live oral enteric-coated capsules

What is this medicine?

TYPHOID ORAL VACCINE (TYE foid vax EEN) is used to prevent typhoid infection. The vaccine is recommended if you travel to parts of the world where typhoid is common.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. It will only be given to you by a health care professional. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before food. Do not take with food. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine.

A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

    Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):
  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • headache
  • nausea, vomiting
  • stomach pain

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • certain antibiotics like sulfamethoxazole (SMZ) or other sulfonamides

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • antimalarial drugs
  • immune globulins
  • medicines for organ transplant
  • medicines to treat cancer
  • other vaccines
  • some medicines for arthritis
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

What if I miss a dose?

Keep appointments for follow-up doses as directed. It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment. Four doses, given 2 days apart, are needed for protection. The last dose should be given at least 1 week before travel to allow the vaccine time to work.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store refrigerated between 2 and 8 degrees C (35.6 and 46.4 degrees F). Do not freeze. Keep this vaccine in the original container. This vaccine is given in a clinic, pharmacy, doctor's office, or other health care setting and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • active infection with fever
  • cancer
  • HIV or AIDS
  • immune system problems
  • low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
  • recent or ongoing radiation therapy
  • stomach or intestine problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to vaccines, yeast, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This vaccine, like all vaccines, may not fully protect everyone.