When you complete and return your pre-travel form (contact an office to request it), the physicians and staff in the travel medicine clinic review your itinerary and consult up-to-the-minute travel alerts issued by governments and global health organizations. Based on your travel plans and this information, we learn what vaccine-preventable communicable diseases you might be exposed to, and what vaccinations are required for entry to your destinations. Then we prepare those vaccines and have them ready at your pre-travel appointment.
Schedule your appointment as soon as your travel is planned. An appointment three to six months before travel allows time for us to administer any vaccines that have to be given in two doses. Also, some vaccines need a few weeks to take effect.
Common travel vaccines and medications
Here are some of the most common vaccines and medications we offer:
- Anthrax vaccine
- Dengue Fever vaccine
- Encephalitis vaccine
- Hepatitis A vaccine
- Hepatitis B vaccine
- Influenza vaccine
- Japanese Encephalitis vaccine
- Malaria vaccine
- Antimalarial medication
- Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine
- Meningococcal vaccine
- Pneumococcal (Pneumonia) vaccine
- Polio vaccine
- Rabies vaccine
- Twinrix (combination Hep A and B) vaccine
- Typhoid Fever vaccine
- Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine
- Yellow Fever vaccine
- Antidiarrheal medication
If you are traveling to a country where a vaccine or treatment not listed here is suggested, we will get that vaccine or medication for you. If you have a question about a specific vaccine, please call one of our offices.
Recommended vs. required travel vaccines
If you have been researching your destination, you might have read about recommended and required vaccines, and wondered, what is the difference?
Required vaccines are often mandatory to enter a country; if you do not have that vaccine, you will be refused entry. This DOES NOT mean that illness is present in that country. A country might require a yellow fever vaccination, for instance, to keep yellow fever out of the country, not to protect travelers from it.
Many recommended vaccines are meant to protect the traveler, not the country, so they might be just as important or even more important for you to get.