The Pediatric Traveler Traveling with children presents unique challenges, especially when planning a lengthy trip abroad. Although many of the myths about the effects of distant travel on children have been dispelled, practical precautions should still be taken. Knowing what to expect and what to avoid is the key to a successful trip. Passport Health will spend time educating you on the appropriate measures to take to insure your child’s health. There may be a greater risk of being exposed to contagious childhood diseases outside the U.S. It is important to keep childhood immunizations up to date. However, specialized travel related vaccines may be required or should be considered for personal health protection. In addition, children may be less concerned with personal cleanliness, food handling, and water sanitation than adults. This makes them more likely to contract gastrointestinal diseases such as traveler’s diarrhea. Children may also be more interested in coming into contact with animals that may be carrying ticks or fleas that can spread infection. Diseases that are common to a particular geographical area, such as malaria, also require that special precautions be taken to protect children who are at a higher risk of exposure. Even such things as jet lag, motion sickness, and the emotional adjustments can spoil the fun of traveling for children. The more prepared you are, the more likely your travel experience will be a positive one for the entire family. We at Passport Health, are particularly sensitive to the needs of children while traveling. We provide a compassionate atmosphere where your children can receive the vaccines that they need to stay healthy.