Traveling With Children

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Pre-travel Personal Planning


Take further precautions before committing to international travel with family members, including infants and children:

  • Early on, seek pre-travel advice from a qualified healthcare professional for family members, especially infants and children.
  • Make sure all routine vaccinations and travel-related vaccinations are up to date.
  • Prepare for children with health conditions, chronic disease, with compromised immune systems, or on routine medications.
  • Carefully consider food and water safety and environmental concerns before departing. Infants and children get sicker more quickly than adults do from common GI illnesses related to travel.
  • When you plan your trip, consider safety issues, such as drownings, motor vehicle crashes, falls, and risks from unsafe hotels or dwellings.

Learn more about travel with infants and children at the CDC Yellow Book page, Traveling Safely with Infants and Children.

Page last reviewed: August 28, 2019