Germany is a wonderful place to visit. There are many interesting places to see and experience, and to explore a country so rich in culture and history is a something you will never forget. One thing that is forgotten every year by impatient travelers is to get immunized from disease before they get on the plane. Germany is a place you want to remember, but not for the wrong reasons.
Before taking a trip to Germany, you should research your immunization history to see if you need to update your shots. Many of us have been inoculated at birth for many of the diseases you may be exposed to on your journey. But to be safe, check with your doctor or healthcare provider to see if you need any current boosters or vaccines.
If you plan to travel outside Germany, there are many other countries that border it. These other countries may become tempting to visit. If you are thinking about venturing elsewhere, be sure to mention this to your healthcare provider. There may be some other treatments which may benefit you in your travels if you hop across the German border.
No matter what your plans may entail, you should be immunized at least 4-6 weeks before your planned departure date. The vaccines need time to work to their full potential, so make sure you plan ahead. In the event you are unable to get your vaccine regimen implemented in time, get them anyway. Having some protection is better than none at all.
Step one is to see what you may need in the way of boosters or current vaccinations. If you have never been inoculated against measles, mumps, and rubella, this is a must if you are traveling abroad. Another wise course of action is to be sure your DPT shot is current. This will protect you from such unseen enemies as tetanus and diphtheria.
It is a given that if you aren’t currently vaccinated for hepatitis A or B, you should do this immediately. Hepatitis B is transmitted by sexual and/or close personal contact, and anyone having unprotected sex would be at the highest risk. Don’t allow the memory of your vacation be overwhelmed by a very nasty illness.
Rabies isn’t something the usual traveler would worry about, but since Germany doesn’t have a rabies vaccination plan for domestic pets, you should get inoculated. This illness has no known cure, and will kill the host if left untreated. You may not think that a cute little squirrel or bird can carry this disease, but they can and do. Take no chances on your health.
Rabies should be of particular concern to mountain climbers, hikers, or spelunkers. Bats are the #1 carrier of rabies in the world, and Germany has a bat population that is not negligible. It is unlikely you will be near any bat caves, but you may pet a dog, ride a horse or come into contact with some other animals.
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