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Vaccines needed to travel to the United States

If you are going to travel to the United States soon, it is important that you inform yourself about the vaccines required and recommended to enter the country. Therefore, in this article we explain what is the required and recommended vaccination. In addition, we talk about other sanitary requirements.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.


If you are traveling to the United States as a tourist, no vaccine is required to enter the country. However, if you come from a country at risk of yellow fever, it is advisable to carry a certificate that justifies that you are vaccinated against this disease, since it is possible that the authorities request it.

On the other hand, people who want to obtain an immigrant visa do have to have certain vaccines up to date. In order to obtain residence in the US, this vaccination is required:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza
  • Influenza type b (Hib)
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal
  • Mumps
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella
  • Measles
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria
  • Whooping cough
  • Chickenpox

During the medical examination done to immigrants, proof must be presented that these vaccines are available. If any of them were not indicated for that person, a medical report is necessary to justify it.


The Spanish Association of Vaccination (AEC) recommends Anyone that will travel to the US that you have the tetanus-diphtheria and triple viral vaccine (measles, rubella and mumps).

Also, depending on the situation (health status, areas to be visited, etc.) it may also be convenient to get vaccinated against hepatitis B, influenza and pneumococcal.

Remember that to get vaccinated against those diseases that the regular health system does not contemplate, you must go to an international vaccination center, for which, in general, you must make an appointment.

In the case of Spain, there are numerous centers scattered throughout the territory. For example, in Madrid we find four different ones and, in Barcelona, ​​ten. You can get everyone's information by clicking in this link.

Children and babies should also keep up to date with the vaccines that have been discussed, as long as possible because of their age, since they have the same or even more risk than adults of contracting a disease.

Other sanitary requirements

As we have indicated previously, immigrants who are going to obtain residence in the United States must undergo a medical exam. It confirms that the person does not have tuberculosis, syphilis, gonorrhea or leprosy.

For this, it is subjected to a skin evaluation, a blood test and an X-ray radiography. Also, to prevent any dangerous disease from spreading throughout the country, in special areas such as ports, the authorities have stations quarantine

On the other hand, tourists entering the country should know that, although the health system is of high quality, its costs are quite high. Therefore, it is important to take out medical insurance.

In addition, if you plan to carry any medication, it must be in its original box, accompanied by a prescription in English and the doctor's instructions.

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