Back in August when I had to go for my physical required for the adoption paperwork, my provider went over the CDC recommendations for vaccinations when travelling to Bulgaria. Now before I scare anybody Bulgaria is a country that you don’t really need a lot of vaccines to travel to, but as my provider politely pointed out: a children’s orphanage is not a typical tourist destination. 6 months and 8 immunizations later I’m officially up to date and ready to go! (I was behind in my vaccines before, and had even missed a few childhood immunizations…most people shouldn’t need 8 vaccines in order to travel to Bulgaria)
As a healthcare provider myself I cannot stress enough how important it is for all parents-to-be (adoptive or not) to check with your primary care provider and make sure you are up to date on all your own vaccines. Potential Adoptive Parents travelling to foreign countries should also look into what additional vaccinations are recommended for the region you are travelling to and (if your doctor agrees) GET THEM! In addition to protecting you while you are overseas the vaccine (in some instances) may help prevent you from contracting an illness that your precious little one is bringing back to the U.S. with them.
OK, I’ll step off my soapbox now.
Read: Toddler Adoption- The Weaver’s Craft by Mary Hopkins-Best last week. So far this has been the best adoptive parenting book. I highly recommend it.