Shot Savvy Travel Missoula MT

When traveling abroad, make sure you return home with souvenirs. Shot savvy travelers protect themselves against malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, hepatitis and more.

Open Road
(406) 549-2453
517 S Orange St
Missoula, MT
 
Just Sports
(406) 543-3119
2901 Brooks St
Missoula, MT
 
Montana Ordnance & Supply
(406) 549-8177
2100 Stephens Ave Ste 118
Missoula, MT
 
Accu-Arms Inc
(406) 728-4131
2340 S 3rd St W
Missoula, MT
 
Sports Exchange The
(406) 721-6056
113 S 3rd St W
Missoula, MT
 
Sportsman's Surplus
(406) 721-5500
Trempers Shopping Ct
Missoula, MT
 
Archery Center of Montana The
(406) 721-5537
1212 Longstaff St
Missoula, MT
 
Big Sky Bicycles & Fitness
(406) 543-3331
1110 South Ave W
Missoula, MT
 
Champs
(406) 829-9139
Southgate Mall
Missoula, MT
 
Bob Ward & Sons Inc
(406) 728-3221
3015 Paxson St
Missoula, MT
 

Shot Savvy Travel

Provided By: 

Shot-Savvy Travel

More than just a shot in the arm

By Charmian Christie

While most vaccinations aren't mandatory, they are highly recommended to prevent you from bringing infectious diseases back with your souvenirs. But don't rush out for a shot in the arm as soon as you book your flight. Whether you actually need the vaccine depends on more than the country of destination. Your age, the season you travel, your health, previous vaccinations and whether you'll be visiting urban or rural areas can also affect whether or not you need to get immunized.

Below is a list of the most common vaccinations, the zones they're recommended for and when you should get immunized:

  • Hepatitis A: This potentially fatal liver disease is usually transmitted through contaminated food or water. (Remember those ice cubes in that tropical cocktail?) If you're traveling outside the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand or Japan, it's wise to get vaccinated.
    • Get vaccinated four weeks before leaving.
    • Get a booster 6 to 24 months after you return.
  • Hepatitis B: Unlike A, this is usually spread through sexual contact or punctured skin (tattoos, sharing needles, unclean pedicure tools). Found worldwide, it's most common in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, Central America and South America . The vaccine is recommended for travelers who plan to live or work in high-risk regions for an extended time.
    • Start the three-dose vaccination cycle at least three months before leaving.
  • Typhoid Fever: The risk of contracting this life-threatening disease is greatest in North and West Africa, South Asia and Peru.
    • Get vaccinated two weeks before leaving.
    • Note: the vaccine is only 70 percent effective. Be careful with food and drink when traveling in infected areas, since the disease flourishes in poor sanitation.
  • Malaria: This life-threatening disease is carried by mosquitoes. Most common in Africa, South America, Central America, Asia and the Middle East, there is no vaccine to prevent infection. Avoiding mosquitoes and taking the anti-malarial tablets exactly as prescribed are your best defenses.
    • Purchase the tablets before you go. Not only are the pills available in malaria-infested regions overpriced, they are most likely counterfeit.
    • Take the drugs exactly as prescribed, even if this means continuing the dosage after you've left the malaria zone. This is crucial.
  • Meningococcal Disease: High mortality rates make vaccination a must if you travel in sub-Saharan Africa (from Mali to Ethiopia ).
    • Get vaccinated two weeks before leaving.
  • Tuberculosis: Once called “consumption” or “the wasting disease,” TB was common in North America at the turn of the century. While rare in North America now, this potentially-fatal lung disease kills millions around the world every year, especially in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Central and South America and parts of Eastern Europe.
    • Immunization d...

Click here to read the rest of this article from Nomadik.com