In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to United States and more particularly to Chicago. Nevertheless you need to check if your vaccinations are up-to-date. Here is a quick and gentle reminder:
|Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)||Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given.|
|Tetanus-diphteria||Revaccination recommended every 10 years|
|Influenza||Recommended for all travelers from November through April.|
An outbreak of H1N1 influenza (“swine flu”) was reported from the United States in April 2009. The outbreak was caused by a previously unknown strain of influenza that contained a unique combination of swine, avian, and human influenza gene segments.
To protect yourself from H1N1 influenza, wash your hands regularly and avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing or sneezing. The symptoms of H1N1 influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, similar to seasonal influenza.
For more details about the health situation and health risks in the US, we advise you to check the two following websites: