Immunizations are invaluable and extremely important to avoid
major illness when traveling abroad. Many individuals are
anti-immunization. This does not make a lot of logical sense.
The vast majorities are very safe and very well worth it.
The benefit far outweighs the risk. Not getting certain immunizations
for your children borders on neglect. Tetanus/Diphtheria booster
every ten years is of the utmost importance. Typhoid vaccine
for individuals traveling to endemic areas. Hepatitis A &
B vaccinations are a must. Yellow fever vaccine is recommended.
Currently there are approximately 10-17 countries that require
you to be vaccinated against yellow fever before you can even
get there. Some of these, but not all are Central America,
South America, the Middle East and Africa, but there are obviously
others. For more information, please see International Travel
Health Guide by Stuart Rose, MD.