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Three Popular Spring Break Destinations and Immunizations

With spring break on the horizon, and perhaps a spring break getaway, it’s essential to consider what immunizations you may need before heading off. This article provides information regarding three of the most popular spring break destinations for college students and the immunizations you may want to get before visiting.

1. Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico is one of the most sought after spring break destination for college students. Cancun is located in southeast Mexico. The Caribbean Sea lies on its border providing students with many beaches to visit. All of this being said, The CDC and WHO recommend that travelers making a trip to Mexico have the following vaccinations: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella, Tdap, chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, and influenza. Although this may seem like a ton of vaccinations, it’s important to remember you probably have already received the majority of these vaccines and you would only have to consider the remaining ones!

2. Panama City Beach, Florida

Panama City Beach is another popular spring break destination for college students. It is located in Florida along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The slogan for the town of Panama City Beach is “the world’s most beautiful beaches,” so it’s understandable why so many college students would flock to this destination for spring break. Like Cancun, the CDC and WHO recommend hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella, Tdap, chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza vaccinations. However, they also recommend that travelers receive a yellow fever immunization before visiting Panama City Beach.

3. San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico and is located along the northeast coast of the

country. The area contains many beautiful beaches as well as a lively night life. Furthermore, because it is a commonwealth of the United States a passport is not required for US citizens to travel there. The vaccines recommended for travel to Puerto Rico are almost identical to those recommended by the CDC and WHO for travel to Mexico, except that for travel to Puerto Rico, a cholera vaccination is not recommended: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella, Tdap, chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, and influenza.

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