Get a full list of the vaccines you need for United States, and learn about the risk of diseases and the best ways to protect yourself while away.

Vaccinations for
United States

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.

01. Vaccine list

We highly recommend you read through our list of official recommendations to determine which  vaccines you will require for United States.

Book an appointment online to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. If you are unsure as to which vaccinations you require, book a free telephone consultation with one of our medical advisors, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.

Most travellers

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Anytime before arrival

Some travellers


3 weeks before arrival*

02. Other health risks in United States

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.

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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.

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03. Precautions for United States

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.

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04. Useful contacts in United States

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.

05. Checklist for your trip to United States

  • Check if you need vaccinations Book an appointment at your local pharmacy at least 6 to 8 weeks before travel to get vaccinated

  • 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

06. How to book your travel vaccinations

If you already know which vaccinations you need, you can book a vaccination appointment at your local pharmacy.

If you would like to discuss your specific requirements with a medical advisor, book a free telephone consultation. A Practio nurse will give an individual assessment of your needs and recommend a suitable vaccination programme.

Content reviewed by

Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
20 June 2019

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