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Travel Medicine Services


Travel Medicine Services

Personal Travel

The Vaccine Center provides individualized service to meet our clients needs. Let our Travel Clinicians advise you on what travel vaccines and prescriptions are recommended for your trip. All our travel vaccination recommendations are based on CDC guidelines and protocols. So the next time you ask, what shots do I need for travel? We can help. Our Travel Doctor will not only let you know what travel vaccines are advised for your specific itinerary but also write for all prescriptions needed, as well as go over food, water and all safety issues. Vaccinations for travel is an important part of your travel safety when traveling abroad, especially when traveling to the developing world. Seeing a Travel Medicine Expert is the best way to ensuring safe and enjoyable adventure abroad. Travel immunization is the first step in this process.

We provide Travel Medicine Consultations by reviewing each client’s specific itinerary, previous immunizations, medical history, allergies and contraindications, and then offer the following:

  • All appropriate vaccines (based on CDC Guidelines)
  • Draw blood titers in house to prove immunity from previous vaccinations or exposures if requested
  • Prescriptions for medications as indicated, including
    • Anti-Malarial
    • Traveler’s Diarrhea
    • Acute Mountain Sickness Prevention
    • Motion Sickness Prevention
    • Jet Lag, etc.
  • Official Yellow Fever Exempt Letters for persons with a medical contraindication to yellow fever vaccine
  • Insect Precautions and Insect Repellents
  • Blood Clot Prevention for long air flights
  • Water and Food precautions
  • Current outbreaks and health and safety concerns for areas of travel
  • Pre-travel Checklist
  • Skin and Wound Care
  • Swimming and Water Exposure
  • Safety and Crime Avoidance
  • Consular Information
  • Maps of Malaria and Yellow Fever areas, if appropriate

Malaria Prescription

In addition to providing all travel vaccinations available in the United States, we also provide malaria prescription, when indicated. Since there’s no current malaria vaccination available in the world, anti-malaria medication taken during and after your visit to a country with malaria, may often be the only source of protection along with precautionary measures against mosquito bites.

Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite spread by mosquitos. It is common in many countries. Malaria remains the most frequent infectious cause of death for travelers to countries in the tropics and subtropics. Severe malaria can cause health problems and even death. If you travel somewhere that has malaria, taking medicine can help keep you from getting it. Taking malaria medicine is important even if you travel to a place you used to live and you are going back to visit friends and family because immunity to Malaria disappears within 6 months of the last exposure to malaria.

At The Vaccine Center we review each client’s specific travel plans, travel activity, itinerary, medical history, age, allergies and contraindications. Based on this information, we evaluate your exposure risk for contracting malaria on your trip and how to best minimize the risk for getting Malaria. The risk of malaria may differ depending on country, transmission, itinerary, duration of travel, activities, evening and nighttime exposure, and accommodations. Unfortunately, it is possible to contract malaria even in a brief stopover at airports in malarious zones.

It is important for travelers to seek medical advice regarding malaria prevention from travel medicine experts. Travel medicine advisors are the most qualified to provide this information and will prescribe appropriate, itinerary-specific anti-malarial medication. We will write prescription for anti-malaria medication to be taken before, during and right after your trip. There are several anti-malarial medications on the market. The choice of medication depends on the patient and itinerary. If the traveler has any health problems, those problems will be discussed and taken into consideration in choosing the drug for malaria prevention. We discuss the efficacy, side effects profile, and cost of the medications that best suits you and your trip. Once we pick a medication, we counsel you on the how to take the medication, side effect profile, etc. We provide you with literature on the medication to refer to as needed. It is important to start taking the anti-malaria medication before entering the malarious area. As soon as you know your travel itinerary is the best time to see a travel medicine provider.

Malaria risk can further be reduced by preventing mosquito bites. We provide guidance and counseling on insect precautions, insect repellents and other mosquito avoidance measures.


Pediatric Travel

Pediatric Travel

The Vaccine Center offers travel medicine consultations for pediatric age children.

Pediatric Travel

The Vaccine Center offers travel medicine consultations with Board Certified Clinicians for pediatric ages ranging from infants, children and adolescents. Having a pre-travel consultation is just as important for children traveling as it is for adults.  Children are more prone to gastroenteritis, animal bites and to require hospitalization if they become ill due to dehydration more quickly than adults. 

Malaria and other mosquito spread infections are more serious in young children, so making sure to see a travel medicine clinician for education on the most effective mosquito protection measures and to obtain malaria prevention prescription if needed is of upmost importance. 

The consultation at The Vaccine Center will discuss the risks compared to the benefits of the child’s participation on the trip.  Education on prevention and management of traveler’s diarrhea and illness in children traveling will be provided.  The clinician can provide prescriptions that your child may need for travel such as malaria prevention prescription and/or traveler’s diarrhea prescription.

The Clinician will review routine childhood immunizations that should be up to date for international travel as well as travel vaccinations such as Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Cholera, Meningococcal, Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies.  Sometimes routine vaccinations may need to be accelerated to an earlier age for international travel.

The consultation will also review strategies for providing safe water, formula, snacks and food preparation. 

The appointment will include:

  • Routine childhood and travel immunizations
  • Prescriptions for travel such as anti-malarial, traveler’s diarrhea, etc.
  • Safety and Security Advice
  • Medical Kit for Children
  • Insect protection methods
  • Animal bite prevention and management
  • Acute mountain sickness prevention and prescription if needed
  • Sun protection
  • Age-based Considerations

Group Travel

Group Travel

The Vaccine Center provides personalized services for any size group traveling overseas.

Group Travel

The Vaccine Center provides personalized services for any size group traveling overseas. Groups can be seen either at our clinics or we will travel on-site to the client’s facility, home, or church. We do offer group discounts on our services, so please call us with your group size and itinerary to see how we can help. We provide Travel Medicine Consultations by reviewing each group member’s specific itinerary, previous immunizations, medical history, allergies and contraindications, and then offer the following:

  • All appropriate vaccines (based on CDC Guidelines)
  • Prescriptions for medications as indicated, including
    • Anti-Malarial,
    • Traveler’s Diarrhea
    • Acute Mountain Sickness Prevention
    • Motion Sickness Prevention
    • Jet Lag, etc.
  • Official Yellow Fever Exempt Letters for persons with a medical contraindication to yellow fever vaccine
  • Insect precautions and insect repellents
  • Water and Food precautions
  • Current outbreaks and health and safety concerns for areas of travel

 



How To Save Money And Get Better Service By Choosing The Right Travel Medicine Clinic:

  1. Only go to clinics that offer both vaccines and prescriptions. For many itineraries, including Central or South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, CDC guidelines require both vaccinations as well as prescriptions. For your trip, you may need prescriptions for malaria, travelers’ diarrhea, jet lag, and high-altitude illness prevention. Some vaccine clinics do NOT offer prescriptions. Always ask the clinic if they do both. Otherwise, you may have to pay for two office visits or administrative fees, not to mention the time and inconvenience of having to make two trips to two clinics. Worse yet, you may go on your trip without knowing you need a prescription.
  2. Only go to clinics that carry all the vaccines available in the United States. Ask the clinic if they carry hard to find vaccines such as Oral Typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis, or Rabies vaccine. Often, some clinics do not carry all vaccines, or they special order them once they find a client. The Vaccine Center has all vaccines available in the United States in stock.
  3. Only go to clinics that offer you access to a physician if you need it. Ask the clinic if there is a physician you can talk to if you need to. Sometimes people have complex medical issues that require physician input. The Vaccine Center offers access to board- certified physicians if needed.
  4. Only go to clinics that can offer you in-house blood tests to check your immunity to vaccines you know you already had, or have been exposed to in your life. Always ask the clinic if they offer blood titer testing on premise. In some cases, you may not need the vaccine. A blood test (blood titer) can cost a fraction of getting the vaccine again. Further, The Vaccine Center blood titer testing prices are a fraction of most major labs and we do the blood draw right in our clinic.
  5. Only go to clinics that focus only in vaccine medicine. Many so called “vaccine clinics” also do urgent care, primary care, occupational medicine, or other unrelated medical services. The Vaccine Center does no primary care or other unrelated medical services.
  6. Only go to clinics that do not charge an administrative fee for follow up visits for vaccines in a series. Always ask if there is an administrative / office fee for subsequent visits. All Vaccine Center follow-up visits for vaccines in a series are not assessed an administrative or office visit fee.

Recommended Vaccines

The Vaccine Center Clinic has ALL the recommended and/or required vaccines needed for your travel:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis A/B
  • Influenza
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Meningococcal
  • MMR
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • TD/Tdap (Tetanus)
  • Typhoid IM
  • Typhoid Pills
  • Varicella
  • Yellow Fever
  • Zostavax
  • Gardasil (HPV)

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