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This CDC App Tells You Which Vaccines You Need to See the World
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This CDC App Tells You Which Vaccines You Need to See the World

Patrick Allan, Gawker Media

Photo by Keith Parker .

iOS/Google: Different countries around the world have unique foods, styles, and cultures, but they also have their own diseases. That's why it's important you get vaccinated four to six weeks before you travel internationally. If you're getting ready to jet set around the world, the Centers for Disease Control's TravWell app can help you prepare your immune system.

Available for iOS and Android, CDC TravWell gives you clear instruction about what you need based on where you're going and when. After downloading the app, you can build a trip that can include multiple destinations. Then TravWell will give you vaccine requirements and recommendations for each location, as well as a checklist of other things you should do before you take off.

Say, for example, you were planning a trip to Thailand. Once you put in your travel dates, you'll see four tabs. The first tab, CDC Vaccines & Medicines Advice, will recommend you get vaccines for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Malaria, and Cholera, in addition to being up on your routine vaccinations. The next tab, To Do List, gives you a helpful, customizable checklist of things to do before and during your trip. You'll see tips like "See health care provider before trip," "Register with U.S. Department of State," "Give itinerary to emergency contact," and "Use insect repellent." The Packing List tab is a customizable checklist of medicines and medical supplies you should consider packing and bringing along with you on your journey. Lastly, the Documents tab is a place where you can save and organize photos or scans of your important travel documents.

When you get your immunizations, TravWell lets you keep a record of them, along with records of any medications you'd like to track. You can even set reminders within the app to keep you up to date on vaccine booster doses, or ping you when it's time to take certain medicines while you're traveling. And best of all, TravWell works whether you're online or not. As long as you can get power to your smartphone, you'll be able to access your records and checklists, read up on CDC recommendations, and find phone numbers for emergency services, wherever you are in the world. You can download TravWell for your iOS or Android device at the links below.

CDC TravWell | iOS App Store

CDC TravWell | Google Play Store

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