For more information about international immunization requirements please
CDC travel site and read the information given for
the country or countries you plan on visiting and take note of the
immunizations recommended or required.
Carefully read the information given on the CDC website. It will give you
some good advice about how you can take care of your health. There are
many illnesses that are not prevented by vaccination or medication.
Call Florida Department of Health in
748-0747 ext. 1456 for up to date price information or for an
appointment. In order to receive international vaccinations at
Florida Department of Health in Manatee County you must have an appointment. Tell the
appointment clerk that you have reviewed the website information.
For recommended immunizations it is your choice which vaccines you will
Below you will find information regarding most of the international
immunizations. At this time, there are only two vaccinations that may be
required, the rest are recommended. Required vaccinations must be
documented on an international vaccination certificate, which you
can purchase at Florida Department of Health in Manatee County. All vaccinations
should be given 10 days to 2 weeks prior to departure in order to be
This is not intended to be a complete guide for travelers. Please consult
your physician or health care provider for your own specific needs.
These include the Seasonal Flu shot, Pneumonia, Shingles, Polio, Chicken
Pox, TDAP (Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis), and MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella).
Since you?ll be traveling and around a lot of other people it is important
to be up to date on these routine vaccinations. Please check the CDC's
Recommended every 10 years, but if you?ve been scratched/cut on something
you should get a booster if it?s been longer than 5 years. We encourage
people who are traveling to other countries to have a booster if it?s been
over 5 years. Then if you get scratched/cut while out of the country you
will be protected.
If you decide to receive this vaccine, please read the information sheet
you will be given during check-in at the Manatee County Health Department.
Yellow Fever is the most commonly required vaccination.
If you leave the airport in a country that has Yellow Fever and then
travel to a country where this shot is required you will not be able to
enter that country without a correctly documented Yellow Fever vaccination
that was given at least 10 days prior to travel. It is important to know
all of the countries you will visit. If you cannot receive the Yellow
Fever vaccination you must obtain a waiver letter from your doctor and obtain
specific information from the embassy of the country you plan to visit.
The vaccination must be documented on an International Certificate which
we have at Florida Department of Health in Manatee County, for a fee. This vaccination
lasts 10 years. Also, if you go to a country that has Yellow Fever
and have NOT been immunized, you may have difficulty getting back into the
Like all vaccines, Yellow Fever has some possible side effects, so if you
receive this vaccination please read the information sheet you will be
given during check-in at Florida Department of Health in Manatee County.
Hepatitis A is a virus that can be spread by the hands of someone who has
it, from water that has been contaminated by the waste of someone with the
disease, and even from food prepared by someone who has it. If you are
healthy, the virus may feel like a bad case of the flu, but if unhealthy
the virus may be much more severe. Having two doses of this vaccine at
least 6 months apart is considered by the CDC sufficient to make you
immune and not ever require another booster. If you don?t have time to
get both shots, having one may give you some protection, but we are unsure
of how much protection. So it may be a good idea to get one now and then
finish the series after you get back. This is a good vaccination to have
because Hepatitis A is found around the world. This shot is very well
tolerated by most people.
Please read the risks and side effects of the Hepatitis A vaccine on the
information sheet that you will be given at Florida Department of Health
in Manatee County
Hepatitis B is a virus that is spread through blood and body fluids. The
vaccine has been required for school for several years now. If born after
1983 you may have already received this vaccination series.
In order to be considered fully protected from Hepatitis B you need to
receive 3 shots. The 2nd one must be given no earlier than 28 days after
the first one and the 3rd one should be given 6 months after the 1st one.
If you don?t have time to receive all three vaccinations, receiving one or
more may give you a limited amount of protection and you can finish the
series later and be ready for your next trip.
This is a very well tolerated vaccination but you should read the
information sheet about the vaccine that you will receive during check-in
at the Manatee County Health Department.
Typhoid is spread through food and water contaminated with the feces of
someone who has it. The vaccine is expected to protect you for two years.
Please read the information sheet about the typhoid vaccine that you will
be given during check-in at the Health Department for risks and side
There is an oral medication available that will protect you from Typhoid
as well, and it lasts longer. You should see a Primary Care Provider for
The Meningitis vaccination is required to travel to Saudi
Arabia for The Hajj. The vaccination must be documented on an
International Vaccine Certificate at least 10 days prior to arrival. The
vaccine certificate is available at Florida Department of Health in
Manatee County for a fee. You may have difficulty getting back into the United States
if you have been to an area where this immunization is required and have
not had the vaccine.
The Meningitis vaccine may be recommended for travel to other
countries during specific times of the year. This disease seems to be more
prevalent in areas where large groups of people are together in a small
area. If you decide to receive this vaccine please review the information
sheet you will receive during check-in at the Manatee County Health
The Japanese Encephalitis vaccine is not available at the Bay County
Health Department. Please check the CDC
Travel Clinic web site for availability.
Japanese encephalitis vaccine is NOT recommended for all travelers to
Asia. In general, the vaccine may be recommended for persons spending a
month or longer in endemic areas during the transmission season,
especially if travel will include rural areas. Please see the CDC
encephalitis web site for more information.
If you plan to be around animals or explore caves where animals may live
you should consider receiving this vaccination before you go. If you do
receive a scratch or bite from an animal or are in close contact with a
bat see a health care provider as soon as possible. Rabies is still
virtually 100 percent deadly, but may take a long or short amount of time
to incubate depending on a number of factors. This vaccination requires a
series of three pre-exposure shots that take at least 21 days to
complete. These vaccines must be ordered and paid for in advance.
If you decide to receive these vaccines please ensure that you read the
vaccine information sheet you will receive at check-in at Florida
Department of Health in Manatee County
If you?ve never had a Polio booster as an adult you may need a one time
vaccination. Concerns about this disease have not been completely
eliminated, so carefully examine the CDC information for the country you
are planning to visit.
Please read the vaccine information sheet that you will receive at Manatee
County Health Department at check-in if you decide to receive this
The CDC website has a lot of information about malaria, for both you and
your health care provider. It lists recommended medications for each
country. We do not have the prescriptions available at Florida
Department of Health in Manatee County. Your health care provider or a provider at a walk in
clinic may write the prescription for you.
The symptoms of this illness can appear several weeks after exposure. You
may need to start taking these medications before you go, while you are
there, and for a period of time after you return home. Please plan your
trip with your healthcare provider carefully. You or your Healthcare
Provider will find up to date information at the CDC