As part of your pre-travel consultation, we'll provide recommendations about immunizations you may need for your travel. A nurse will administer your vaccinations and help set up follow up appointments for any vaccines that require multiple doses. Depending on the vaccine, we may recommend that you stay for about 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine so we can monitor you for any reactions.
Why are routine vaccines important for travelers?
Because of good vaccine coverage of children in the United States, some of the diseases prevented by routine vaccines rarely occur here. These diseases can be much more common in other countries, however, even in areas where you wouldn’t normally worry about travel-related illnesses. Being up-to-date on your routine vaccines will give you the best protection against these illnesses.
What routine vaccines do I need?
The vaccines you need depends on your age, health, and which vaccines you have already had. For most adults who received all their recommended vaccines as children, only a yearly flu vaccine and a tetanus booster every 10 years are needed. You should talk to your provider about what’s best for you. If you did not receive all your vaccines as a child—or if you can’t remember—your provider may recommend giving them again, just to be safe. Alternatively, you may have blood work done to test if you already received the vaccines.
Is a certain vaccine recommended for my trip?
At your pre-travel consultation, we'll provide you with in-depth information about which vaccines are recommended. If you want to know before your appointment which vaccines we might offer, you can use our online interactive decision tools for the most commonly discussed vaccinations: Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever.
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