A popular destination for UK travellers, United States, still comprises several health risks. To avoid being ill while on holiday, you can find the recommended vaccines for United States below.
We highly recommend you read through our list of official recommendations to determine which vaccines you will require for United States.
The regions you will visit and your medical history are factors that will determine if you need any of the listed vaccines. We also recommend you book a free telephone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.
There are other health risks in the United States that cannot be vaccinated against. It is still important to know about them before your trip.
There is a very low risk of zika virus in United States, however, cases have been found in the areas of Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Cameron and Hidalgo counties, Texas.
It is recommended that all travellers, especially pregnant women, avoid mosquito bites during the day.
There have been reported dengue outbreaks in Hawaii, Florida and Texas, therefore, there is risk of transmission here.
If you are visiting cities in these states, you should practice mosquito bite prevention, especially if you are staying in an area with poor sanitation or still bodies of water.
It is important to take precautions during your stay in United States, as diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.
There is a risk of dengue fever and zika in United States, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.
Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against mosquito bites, as they are the main cause of these infections during your stay in the country.
In case of an emergency, these recommended contacts can be helpful while you are in United States.
The following consulates or embassies below operate out of specific states’ cities, but deal with surrounding states and regions, and can assist you in an emergency:
British Consulate General Atlanta +1 404 954 7700
British Consulate General Boston +1 617 245 4500
British Consulate General Chicago +1 312 970 3800
British Consulate General Houston +1 713 210 4000
British Consulate General Los Angeles +1 310 789 0031
British Consulate General Miami +1 305 400 6400
British Consulate General New York +1 212 745 0200
British Embassy Washington +1 202 588 6500
British Consulate General San Francisco +1 415 617 1300
Local emergency medical services In case of a medical emergency, dial +1 911 and ask for an ambulance.
Medical facilities and practitioners Medical assistance is expensive in United States, so it is recommended you have travel insurance and verify any payment with them before proceeding while abroad.
Check if you need vaccinations Speak with one of our prescribing nurses at least six to eight weeks before travel to get advice on vaccinations for United States
Mosquito protection Reduce your chance of mosquito bites while in United States by making sure you have everything you need, including DEET insect repellent
Travel insurance If you become ill in United States and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave
Air pollution Certain cities in California report poor air quality. If you suffer from a pre-existing condition, ask your medical practitioner if a face mask is recommended
Note useful contact numbers Make a list of contacts to take with you to United States in case of an emergency
Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019
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