Experts Recommend Staying Up-To-Date On Vaccines When Traveling

Experts report a high number of people are expected to travel internationally in the coming months since many countries have relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.

For those trying to get required or recommended travel vaccines, experts recommend planning early.

Borders in parts of the world, such as Australia and Asia, have reopened, while Europe is relaxing some restrictions.

With all these changes, many travel barriers from the pandemic will disappear.

Victoria Sowards with Passport Health, which has travel clinics all over the country including Broken Arrow, shared with News On 6 what staff has been seeing.

“We’re seeing a great increase in the number of people traveling right now,” said Sowards. “There’s a lot of people that are going back into mission work into Kenya and other parts of Africa, as well as tourists wanting to travel.”

Sowards said she recommends international travelers get a consultation at least six weeks before the trip to go over medical history and discuss required or recommended vaccines, which could cost as much as $500 total.

Common ones include Hepatitis A and B, malaria, typhoid and yellow fever.

Those last three vaccines mentioned are harder to find.

“We know that vaccines are safe and effective and prevent diseases not only for individuals who are staying in Tulsa County but those that are traveling out of Tulsa County as well,” said Ellen Niemitalo with the Tulsa Health Department.

Niemitalo said people have been calling about travel vaccines but the THD suspended overseas immunizations to focus on COVID-19 efforts.

“We have been rebuilding and retraining new staff and the goal is, like I said, all of healthcare to go ahead and offer those travel vaccines sometime in the next few months,” said Niemitalo.

Experts recommend reading CDC recommendations about your destination and having a plan in case you get sick while traveling.

Some places do require travelers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and all travelers need a negative COVID-19 test before returning to the United States.

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The Worldwide Travel Vaccines Industry is Expected to Reach $10.7 Billion by 2027 – – WV News

The Worldwide Travel Vaccines Industry is Expected to Reach $10.7 Billion by 2027 –  WV News

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Travel lessons we’ve learned in the year since vaccines became widely available

Travel lessons we’ve learned in the year since vaccines became widely available

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Covid-19 Live Updates: Cases, Vaccines, Travel and Variant News

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Babies and children younger than age 5 were hospitalized with coronavirus at much higher rates during the latest U.S. surge, when the highly transmissible Omicron variant was dominant, compared with earlier periods in the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hospitalizations of these children were about five times higher during the Omicron surge, between Dec. 19 and Feb. 19, than during the period when the Delta variant was dominant, between June 27 and Dec. 18.

Rates of admission to intensive care also rose dramatically among young children, reaching a peak on Jan. 8 of this year.

Children of color younger than age 5 wound up in hospitals at disproportionate rates. Only one-third of the children were white, while 28 percent were Hispanic and 23 percent were Black. Hispanic people represent just 18 percent of the population, and Black Americans make up 13 percent.

(Six percent of these hospitalizations were among Asian or other Pacific Islander children, about the same as their representation in the population.)

Experts say children of color are infected at higher rates because they are more likely to have parents who work in public-facing jobs, and more likely to live in poverty and in multigenerational households.

Though hospitalization rates for young children are still relatively low, compared to the rates among older Americans, the virus poses special risks to the youngest children and especially to babies.

Infants six months old and younger were the most vulnerable, representing nearly half of the hospitalizations among young children during the Omicron period. They were hospitalized at rates about six times as high at the peak of the Omicron surge, compared with the peak of the Delta wave. Two infants died, the C.D.C. found.

“People should know there are risks to children under 1 that are pretty serious, especially during surges, and they might want to take extra precautions to reduce exposure,” said Julia Raifman, an assistant professor of health law, policy and management at Boston University School of Public Health, who was not involved in the research.

More than 1,000 children younger than age 18 have died of Covid since the pandemic started, including 350 children under 5. But experts also worry about the long-term effects, as well as multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare but serious condition.

The C.D.C. study found that most of the children and babies who were hospitalized — about two-thirds — were healthy and did not have underlying medical conditions, as has been the case throughout the pandemic.

No Covid vaccines are currently authorized in the United States for children younger than 5, and the regulatory process has been fraught with delays and setbacks. Public health experts strongly recommend that anyone who comes into regular contact with young children get vaccinated.

“To help protect children too young to be vaccinated, everyone ages five and older, including pregnant women, family members and caregivers, should stay up to date with Covid-19 vaccines,” Dr. Kristin J. Marks, the study’s first author and an epidemic intelligence service officer with the CDC, said in an email.

The study, published on March 15, examined hospitalizations of children in counties in 14 states whose catchment areas represent about 10 percent of the U.S. population.

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Covid Live Updates: News on Vaccines, Masks, and Travel

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The Biden administration announced on Tuesday that it intends to contribute $150 million over the next three years to a global effort aimed at rapidly producing a vaccine in case a new biological threat emerges. Still, activists and health experts urged the United States to do more to fight the current coronavirus pandemic.

The financial commitment, which will require approval from Congress, is only a small fraction of what is needed for the project being undertaken by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, a global foundation. The coalition’s chief executive, Dr. Richard Hatchett, has announced a $3.5 billion, five-year effort to “face down the next Disease X with a new vaccine in just 100 days.”

Tuesday’s announcement echoes a plan announced by President Biden in his State of the Union address, when he pledged to invest in an effort to produce new vaccines within 100 days of the arrival of future coronavirus variants. The contribution was announced by Samantha Power, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, during a summit convened by the British government and the coalition, known as CEPI. The coalition also supports Covax, the international effort to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to the world, which has struggled to get doses into people’s arms.

“Our eyes, like yours, are also on the horizon — on the epidemic or pandemic that has yet to come,” Ms. Power said, addressing the summit’s attendees by video. “While we continue our current efforts to end this pandemic, we are not losing sight of our long-term preparedness goals.”

The administration’s commitment comes as Mr. Biden is under pressure to do more to combat Covid, as well as to prepare for the next pandemic. Last week, the administration asked Congress for an additional $22.5 billion to fight the pandemic at home and overseas, and Mr. Biden is expected to host his own global Covid summit in the coming weeks.

The president has repeatedly said that the United States has contributed more money, and donated more coronavirus vaccine doses, to the world than any other nation.

But two recent analyses, one by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the other by Public Citizen, suggest the United States is not living up to his promise that the nation would be the “arsenal of vaccines” for the world.

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s analysis found that, when donations of money and doses are measured against a country’s gross domestic product, the United States does not lead the world. The analysis found that when gross domestic product is considered, the United States ranks 12th in financial donations and sixth in donations of doses.

“It was a surprise,” said Jen Kates, who directs the foundation’s global health and H.I.V. policy efforts and conducted the analysis. “The White House has said the U.S. is doing more than any other donor. We just wanted to interrogate that a little bit and see: Does it hold up if you look at it from this perspective?”

A new analysis by Public Citizen, entitled “An Incomplete Arsenal,” raises questions about whether the administration is falling behind on its timeline to deliver 1.2 billion doses to the world by this fall, as Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged in December.

When the White House announced its new pandemic preparedness plan last week, much of which will also need congressional funding, it no longer attached a timeline to the 1.2 billion doses pledge. So far, the State Department says, nearly 487 million doses have been shipped. To meet the 1.2 billion dose target, the United States would have to donate more than 70 million doses a month — a figure that, Public Citizen notes, is far higher than the current reported monthly donation of about 55 million doses.

“The modest targets that the administration itself set out are likely not to be achieved this year, and that’s shocking,” said Zain Rizvi, an expert on pharmaceutical innovation and access to medicines and the report’s author.

White House officials declined to comment on the Kaiser analysis. But they pointed to Tuesday’s announcement, as well as their funding request to Congress and a plan to ramp up vaccine manufacturing announced by Mr. Biden last year, as evidence that the president is committed to doing more.

Vaccination rates continue to lag in low-income countries, even as vaccines become more widely available, for a variety of reasons including vaccine hesitancy and a lack of infrastructure and personnel to administer the shots. Only 14 percent of the population of low-income nations has received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to the Our World in Data project at the University of Oxford.

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Worldwide Travel Vaccines Industry to 2027 – Featuring Sanofi Pasteur, Novartis and Pfizer Among Others –

DUBLIN–()–The “Travel Vaccines Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2022-2027” report has been added to’s offering.

The global travel vaccines market reached a value of US$ 3.2 Billion in 2021. Looking forward, the publisher expects the market to reach US$ 6.6 Billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 11.1% during 2022-2027.

Companies Mentioned

  • GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited
  • Sanofi Pasteur
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Novartis AG
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • ALK-Abello A/S
  • Bavarian Nordic A/S
  • Crucell (Subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson)
  • CSL Limited
  • AstraZeneca PLC
  • Altimmune, Inc.
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc.

Keeping in mind the uncertainties of COVID-19, we are continuously tracking and evaluating the direct as well as the indirect influence of the pandemic. These insights are included in the report as a major market contributor.

Travel vaccines, also known as travel immunizations, are vaccines travelers can get before they visit certain regions across the globe which help protect them from serious diseases. Travel vaccines work by exposing the body to a microorganism or parts of the microorganism of the disease it will protect against. The body responds to the vaccination by making antibodies that will protect it against a situation where there is an exposure to the disease in the future. The number of international tourist arrivals worldwide increased from 1.0 Billion in 2012 to nearly 1.4 Billion in 2018.

A significant number of these travelers journey from developed countries to regions with endemic diseases. As more people travel to countries with endemic diseases, the demand for vaccines will continue to increase. Moreover, regulatory authorities across the globe have also mandated that travelers should be vaccinated before traveling to disease-prone regions. As a result, travel vaccines have now become an essential requirement in an international travelers list.

For instance, the Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia requires that all travelers arriving for Hajj and Umrah from countries or areas at risk of diseases such as yellow fever, Meningococcal meningitis and Poliomyelitis must present a valid vaccination certificate. Other factors driving the demand for travel vaccines include increasing awareness levels, technological advancements and increasing incidence of life-threatening infectious diseases.

Key Questions Answered in this Report

1. What was the global travel vaccines market size in 2021?

2. What will be the travel vaccines market outlook during the forecast period (2022-2027)?

3. What are the global travel vaccines market drivers?

4. What are the major trends in the global travel vaccines market?

5. What is the impact of COVID-19 on the global travel vaccines market?

6. What is the global travel vaccines market breakup by composition?

7. What is the global travel vaccines market breakup by disease?

8. What are the major regions in the global travel vaccines market?

9. Who are the leading travel vaccines market players?

Key Topics Covered:

1 Preface

2 Scope and Methodology

3 Executive Summary

4 Introduction

4.1 Overview

4.2 Key Industry Trends

5 Global Travel Vaccines Market

5.1 Market Overview

5.2 Market Performance

5.3 Impact of COVID-19

5.4 Market Breakup by Composition

5.5 Market Breakup by Disease

5.6 Market Breakup by Region

5.7 Market Forecast

6 Market Breakup by Composition

7 Market Breakup by Disease

8 Market Breakup by Region

9 Global Travel Vaccines Industry: SWOT Analysis

10 Global Travel Vaccines Industry: Value Chain Analysis

11 Global Travel Vaccines Industry: Porters Five Forces Analysis

12 Global Travel Vaccines Industry: Price Analysis

13 Travel Vaccines Manufacturing Process

13.1 Product Overview

13.2 Raw Material Requirements

13.3 Manufacturing Process

13.4 Key Success and Risk Factors

14 Competitive Landscape

14.1 Market Structure

14.2 Key Players

14.3 Profiles of Key Players

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Covid-19 Live Updates: Mask Mandates, Vaccines and Reopenings

ImageDania Gray, 17, a junior at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Conn., last fall. The governor of Connecticut said Monday that the statewide mask mandate for students and educators should end Feb. 28.
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Connecticut will permit students and staff members to stop wearing masks in schools by no later than Feb. 28, after Gov. Ned Lamont recommended Monday that the statewide mask mandate end on that date.

His remarks came after a move by New Jersey officials earlier Monday to lift that state’s mask mandate for schools.

“Now is the time for us to say, the statewide mask mandate is no longer at our level,” said Governor Lamont. “Each and every mayor, each and every superintendent can make that call themselves. I recommend the date Feb. 28.”

Connecticut’s mask mandate for schools will expire next Tuesday unless the legislature agrees to extend the governor’s pandemic emergency powers. One of those powers allows officials from the Departments of Education and Public Health to decide rules around masks.

Governor Lamont last month asked the legislature to extend some of the orders he issued using his emergency powers, but no decision has been made.

If the legislature extends the powers, he said, “we would have the discretion to make the change we’re talking about, which is ending the mask mandate in schools and our day care facilities.”

The governor decided against letting the mandate end next week so that officials could continue monitoring cases in the event that another spike in cases occurs. He also wanted the change to occur after winter break, so students would have a “fresh start” and so schools could better prepare.

Unvaccinated people in Connecticut are currently required to wear masks in all indoor public spaces, while vaccinated people have to wear them in certain indoor settings, like schools and hospitals.

The rate for fully vaccinated Connecticut residents ages 5 to 11 is 34 percent, and 74 percent for those ages 12 to 17, according to a New York Times database. The daily average of new virus cases has dropped 70 percent in the past two weeks, according to the database, while the daily average of hospitalizations has declined by 50 percent. The daily average of deaths fell by 40 percent over the same period.

Coronavirus metrics in New Jersey have been on the decline, too, prompting Gov. Philip D. Murphy to announce on Monday that he would eliminate the state’s mask mandate for students and school employees. The new policy will take effect the second week of March, nearly two years after New Jersey became one of the epicenters of the pandemic.

New York officials, meanwhile, plan to continue monitoring both coronavirus case counts and vaccination rates for younger residents.

Gov. Kathy Hochul said last week that officials were “striving” to remove mask mandates in schools, but that vaccination rates for younger children needed to rise before that happened.

“The more children we have vaccinated, the safer they’ll be when they go to school,” Governor Hochul said. “We’re just not there yet.”

In appearance on Monday in Kingston, N.Y., she said that she was still monitoring the situation and noted that New Jersey’s mandate would not be lifted for another month.

“I’m gathering data,” Governor Hochul said. “We are trending in a very, very good direction.”

The rate for fully vaccinated New York residents ages 5 to 11 is 30 percent; that age group became eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine in early November. That rate for children ages 12 to 17 is 70 percent, according to federal data.

A spokesman for the New York City Department of Education said Monday that the city’s mask mandate for schools, which is separate from the state requirement, remained unchanged. The city will decide what to do with its mandate based on what happens on the state level, the spokesman said.

As of Sunday, the daily average of new virus cases in New York had dropped 69 percent statewide over a 14-day period, according to a New York Times database. Hospitalizations had decreased by 42 percent and deaths had fallen by 39 percent over the same period.

New York’s statewide rule requiring masks or proof of full vaccination for all indoor public places is currently set to expire on Thursday. The state has a separate mask mandate for schools, which was put in place last August, before the mask-or-vaccination order was issued. That mandate expires Feb. 21, but it is expected to be renewed, according to a spokeswoman for the State Department of Health.

In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf rescinded his state’s mask mandate for schools last month.

The governor of Delaware, John Carney, extended his state’s school mask mandate on Monday, to remain in effect through March 31, saying that would give parents time to get younger children vaccinated. At the same time, Governor Carney announced that the state’s mask mandate for businesses and workplaces would expire on Friday.

Masks protect both the wearer from infection, and those nearby from being infected. People who reported always wearing a mask indoors in public were less likely to test positive for the virus, according to a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two September C.D.C. studies found that masks help prevent in-school transmission. The agency recommends that children 2 and older and all adults wear masks at school and in day care.

But many prominent doctors have begun to question the value of requiring students to wear masks as new virus cases decline across the country. They cite the mental health strain that children have faced during the pandemic, and the educational value of seeing full faces.

Luis Ferré-Sadurní, Sharon Otterman, Grace Ashford, Joseph Goldstein and Patrick J. Lyons contributed reporting.

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These Countries Are Requiring Travelers To Have COVID-19 Booster Vaccines

Remember when we thought getting two COVID-19 jabs would render us safe and free to travel the world again? Not so, it seems. As the pandemic wears on and the virus mutates in ways no one could predict, the situation calls for more.

At least, that seems to be the belief among several foreign countries that have in recent weeks begun requiring international visitors to show proof of a booster shot in addition to their original COVID-19 vaccine series. Travelers with upcoming plans may find that the definition of “fully vaccinated” has suddenly been altered.


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According to Frommer’s, recent studies increasingly show that booster jabs result in robust immunity and strengthen a person’s protection against getting severely ill if they contract COVID-19. In fact, new research conducted in the United Kingdom (U.K.) found that boosters reduced the risk of hospitalization and death from the virus by 95 percent in people ages 50 and older.

In the face of such evidence, health authorities around the world are revising their entry policies to include vaccine booster requirements.

The European Commission, the European Union’s (E.U.) executive branch, made revisions to the E.U. Digital COVID Certificate—a pass linked to proof that the holder has completed an approved vaccine series. It declared that these certificates are now good for nine months, or precisely 270 days, unless their validity is renewed through the addition of a booster vaccine.

While the E.U. Digital COVID Certificate is mainly for the purposes of travel within the E.U. bloc, it’s safe to assume that other parts of the world will follow suit. And, many European nations are already updating their own policies to reflect the Commission’s changes.

COVID-19 vaccination booster shot.
COVID-19 vaccination booster shot. (photo via Teka77 / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Below are some countries where your first round of COVID-19 vaccines may no longer be enough:

Austria – Previously, vaccine certificates were considered valid for 12 months, but Austrian authorities changed the regulations in early December. Now, your proof of two-dose vaccination is valid for only nine months from the final injection in the series, but it can be renewed if you’ve gotten a booster. Officials also decided that the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine won’t be recognized unless the individual has also received a booster jab.

Croatia – Croatia considers visitors’ initial two-dose vaccine series expired if more than 365 days had passed since their completion. Booster information has not been specified.

France – Travelers will be required to have received a booster dose if it’s been four months or more since the they completed their original vaccine series. The rule goes into effect on February 15.

Greece – Starting in February, Greece will only grant entry to travelers whose final dose of a vaccination schedule was given within the last seven months, unless they’ve also received a booster injection.

Iceland – Iceland will only admit travelers who completed their original vaccine series within the last nine months, unless they’ve also received a booster.

Israel – Travelers to Israel must have received their final dose of their original vaccine series no more than 180 days (roughly six months) prior, unless they’ve been boostered.

The Netherlands – From February 2, Americans will be able to visit the Netherlands quarantine-free, provided they have previously been vaccinated and have received a booster. Those who’ve only completed an initial vaccine series will have to quarantine for 10 days.

Spain – Without a booster, travelers’ original vaccinations are only considered valid up to 270 days (nine months) from the final injection in the series.

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Beijing Olympics imposes “closed loop”

With a month to go before the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics organisers have begun a “closed loop” operation to prevent a covid-19 outbreak among Games participants from leaking into China’s general public.

The 2022 Games, which open on 4 February, are set to take place as the world grapples with the highly transmissable Omicron variant, although China, which has a zero-tolerance covid policy, has reported just a handful of Omicron cases.

Organisers said on Wednesday that the “closed loop” bubble, in which participants can only leave if they are exiting the country or undergo quarantine, had been activated as planned on Tuesday, the same day that President Xi Jinping toured several Games facilities.

Xi expressed “firm confidence” that Games staff “will continue to do a good job in all preparations to ensure the complete success of the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics,” state broadcaster CCTV reported on Wednesday.

Restrictions at Games venues in Beijing and Zhangjiakou in neighbouring Hebei province will be much tighter than those during last summer’s Tokyo Olympics.

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“We can’t be complacent” – Dr Fauci

Dr Anthony Fauci, the US top infectious disease expert and President Biden’s chief medical adviser, says there is no room for complacency over the Omicron variant, despite growing evidence that it usually leads to milder symptoms than other strains of covid-19.

Speaking to CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Dr Fauci said: “There are certainly going to be a lot more cases, because this is a much more transmissible virus than Delta is, so quantitatively alone, even if you have a virus that looks in fact like it might be less severe […], the only difficulty is that we have so many, many cases that even if the rate of hospitalizations is lower with Omicron than it is with Delta, there’s still the danger that you’re going to have a surging of hospitalizations that might stress the healthcare system.”

He added: “You have a virus that might actually be less severe in its pathogenicity, but so many people are getting infected that the total amount of people that will require hospitalization might be up. So we can’t be complacent […]. We’re still going to get a lot of hospitalizations.”

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