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Before heading out for that exotic vacation this summer, elderly travelers need to do some homework, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens. For one thing, says AMAC, be sure to check to see if you may need a vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control has a destination page that tells you whether you will need to be inoculated. Click http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list to get a rundown of locations around the world where protection may be needed.
We take it for granted that illnesses such as the mumps or measles, for example, are childhood memories in the U.S. But, they can be spread to older folks in some foreign countries. So, check to see that your destination is safe and get a shot if your doctor says you need one. Did you know that seniors are particularly vulnerable to tetanus? The majority of cases that are reported occur among those 65 and older.