Each year more and more Americans travel abroad for vacation, business, volunteer work, mission trips, or to visit family and friends. Because of this, you’re encouraged to schedule your pre-travel vaccination one month before your trip.
Whatever your reason for traveling, you may need to be fully vaccinated to protect yourself against the following:
- Yellow fever
- Typhoid fever
- Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Meningococcal disease
What we know
You must get travel immunizations before leaving the United States. For international travelers, both children and adults should be up to date with their vaccination status.
Vaccines that aren’t on the list of routine vaccinations may be required depending on your age, destination, and purpose. Your provider may advise that you or your child have a vaccination or booster dose sooner than usual. It may not seem necessary but it’s better to be on the safe side and to start early.
You’ll need to be healthy and ready while on the road and out of your usual location, especially if you are traveling somewhere in Southeast Asia or in rural areas. Keep in mind that some travel shots may require more than one dose to be effective, so prepare ahead of time.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, travelers should also have all of their COVID-19 vaccinations done before the scheduled trip. This is required on top of the required routine vaccinations because of the ongoing pandemic.
Planning a trip abroad?
Look for a designated yellow fever vaccination center. The clinic should offer the yellow fever vaccine, typhoid fever vaccine, Japanese encephalitis vaccine, and anti-malaria medications. Travel clinic NYC services are easy to get and very affordable in urgent care clinics.
We encourage our patients to visit the CDC Traveler Health website. There, you can check common diseases in the country you’re visiting and where to get health care services when needed. Learn what you need to do to protect your health before, during, and after travel.
What to expect during a travel clinic appointment?
Your travel medicine consultation will involve the following:
- A review of your medical history, immunization records, and current medicines
- A discussion of your vacation schedule, lodgings, and activities in order to establish a personalized treatment and preventive strategy
- What medicines you may need to bring and if you can get additional prescriptions for longer vacations
Many common travel-related diseases such as the following are treated with prescriptions and vaccines:
- Traveler’s diarrhea
- Malaria prevention
- Typhoid fever
- Yellow fever
- Japanese encephalitis
Travelers with unique medical needs, such as chronic diseases or are pregnant, can ask questions and receive information on preventative techniques. There’s also treatment for travelers with the following conditions:
- Jet lag
- Mosquito bites
- Animal bites
- Motion sickness and altitude sickness
Individuals, couples, families, and organizations are encouraged to have medical consultations before traveling to get travel vaccine recommendations and medical advice. If at all feasible, schedule your appointment at least four weeks before your vacation.