Immunizations Needed to Travel to Europe

The Center For Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, divides travel vaccinations into three categories: routine, recommended and required. Depending on which area of Europe you are traveling to, you may not need any additional vaccinations. Always check with the CDC for up-to-the-minute alerts for your destination.

Routine Vaccinations

Recommendations for adolescents include additional vaccines for human papillomavirus, and meningococcal. For adults, the CDC recommends that all routine vaccinations be up-to-date before traveling to any destinations in Europe.

The CDC says the hepatitis B vaccine is "recommended for all unvaccinated persons who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment, such as:

  • for an accident
  • even in developed countries,
  • for all adults requesting protection from HBV infection."

Required Vaccinations for Travel to Europe

As of November 2009, there are no required vaccinations to travel to any destinations in Europe.