Our Travel Clinic offers a full range of services for patients traveling to exotic and not so exotic destinations. Anyone traveling to a country outside of the United States or Western Europe should visit the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) web site at http://www.cdc.gov.travel/ to see what precautions and immunizations are recommended for the country or countries you plan to visit. Our TRAVEL CLINIC always follows the recommendations made by the CDC with regards to safety and immunizations.
Find your country of travel.
During your visit with us, our physician will discuss your particular needs based on the country of destination, length of time you will be traveling to a risk area, nature of your trip (pleasure, business, missionary work, etc.) and the time of year you will be traveling.
Prescriptions for malaria & travelers' diarrhea will be given to you as recommended by CDC.
Travelers should give themselves a minimum of two weeks prior to departure to receive their immunizations.
Be sure to plan far enough in advance so that you can receive all of the immunizations recommended for the country you will be visiting.
The principle behind a vaccine or immunization is to expose your body's system to the disease after it has been rendered harmless. By doing so, the body can build up its own natural protection so that if it encounters the virus, the body will be "immune" to its effects. This immunization effect takes time, so it is a good idea to give your body at least a month head start to condition itself before getting on the plane or boat.
Your immunizations should be documented in an International Certificate of Vaccination (Yellow Card). It is a good idea to keep this Certificate with your passport so you don't misplace it. It is recognized internationally and may be required before entry to certain countries. Not every doctor or clinic has this certificate; ONLY those approved by the state and CDC! So call and ask first before you make your move!
VACCINES YOU ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
According to World Health Organization (WHO) requirements
YELLOW FEVER vaccination is the only immunization that is required for entry into certain countries.
Cholera vaccine is no longer required for international travel.
However, contrary to "WHO" regulations, proof of cholera vaccination may occasionally be required as a condition of entry into some countries. Some countries with cholera-infected areas may still require evidence of a full primary series and a current booster dose.
These are not required BUT make sure you have these to protect yourself!!
The Immunization Practices Advisory Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all persons be up-to-date on routine immunizations, regardless of travel plans.
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, MMR, and polio vaccines is customarily given in childhood.
Polio was a crippling disease in the 1950s. Even if you have been previously immunized, we may recommend a booster dose of polio vaccine if you are traveling to an area where it still occurs.
Travel Related Vaccination
- Meningococcal meningitis is caused by a bacterium that enters the body through the respiratory system. Meningococcal vaccine is currently recommended for travelers to Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, and Tanzania. In recent years, sporadic outbreaks have also occurred in Brazil, Ethiopia, and sub-Saharan African countries. It is also MUST requirement to those who travel to the annual pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj). Those travelers must be vaccinated at least 10 days before arriving to Saudi Arabia.
Japanese Encephalitis is a viral infection spread by Culex mosquitoes in many infected areas of Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
Hepatitis B is spread by contact with blood or bodily fluids.
The vaccine should be given to travelers who anticipate close contact with indigenous populations in areas with a high frequency of hepatitis B carriage. In Africa, Asia, Southeast Asia, and South America, it is much more common among the general population. The standard dosing regimen consists of intramuscular injections at 0, 1, and 6 months.