I came upon a article today which led me to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and got me to thinking. I remember when I was in the Navy, and upon acceptance of my orders to Guam years ago, I was required to get my military shot card up to date (for all those mysterious Asian tropical diseases) – prior to beginning my travel. Again, some years later when I received orders to the Philippines, more shots were required. Back then, not only were scare tactics used to convince you to get in the shot line….it was required! I remember when I was stationed at Miramar NAS in San Diego, and having our paychecks held hostage one payday until you reported to receive the “Swine Flu” vaccine. I also remember it made me sicker than I have ever been. Today may be different and I don’t really know for certain.
So I began looking through other blogs and forums, and little (if any) information is found concerning vaccinations. What about Cholera or Dengue Fever? Malaria? Typhoid? Measles in the Philippines…? Diseases can come and go and areas of high risk develop from time to time. I began to wonder if I was at a higher risk because of my age. Are you at risk? Is age even a factor? Take the West Nile Virus in parts of the U.S. lately. These days you just never know.
While this post is not intended to alarm anyone, my intent is to advise you that before you begin your travels, maybe you should consult with your doctor to better determine whether you are at risk of, or susceptible to, any communicable diseases. You may learn that you are a candidate for certain immunizations and vaccinations that apply to your chosen destination.
The best place to start is to visit CDC’s website to learn of current and identified disease risks and whether there have been any Travel Notices issued related to where you are going. Here you will find all the information you will need on the topic of Vaccinations.
You may be like me and do not desire to be nobody’s pin cushion, but then again, sometimes it is better to be safe than sorry!
You can visit the direct link to the Philippines page of the CDC site HERE. 🙂