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Get Vaccinated For Your Trip Abroad

If you are planning a trip overseas or across the border, it is important to have a medical professional review your vaccination history. Vaccinations in the United States are recommended to patients based on the diseases a person has a moderate to high chance of developing inside the country. Other countries contain diseases that are not often seen in America, which is why most people are not vaccinated for them.

Travel medicine is a relatively new field focused on preventive care and disease treatment for patients traveling abroad. Whether you’re studying abroad or just taking a short vacation on distant shores, it is strongly recommended you receive updated vaccinations.

No appointments are necessary at American Family Care! Simply walk in and we’ll make sure you’re prepared for your travels.

 

What Vaccinations Will I Need?

Recommended travel vaccinations vary depending on where you are traveling. Our physicians are familiar with what vaccinations are important for various countries and can provide you with a comprehensive list. Be sure to mention if you plan on traveling to multiple countries during your travels— the more places you go, the more vaccinations you may need.

Some common travel vaccinations include*:

  • Yellow fever*
  • Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • HPV
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Tetanus
  • Anthrax**
  • Rabies
  • Meningococcal
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella

A physician may also recommend certain medications to take with you for conditions that cannot be prevented through vaccination. Be sure to discuss all the potential risks to your health abroad with a member of our knowledgeable team.

*Vaccination availability is subject to location and we recommend calling ahead to inquire on specific needs or requirements.

**As Per the CDC: Travelers need to be mindful of what they eat and handle, as well as the souvenirs they bring home. Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat, and avoid contact with livestock, animal products, and animal carcasses. Vaccination against anthrax is not recommended for travelers and is not available for civilian travelers.

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VACCINE FAQs

QUESTION: What vaccinations do you offer in your clinics?

A: We offer a wide range of common vaccinations for people of every age. For infants we can provide regular vaccines against diseases like pertussis, hepatitis B, and PCV. For adults we provide flu shots, and tetanus shots shingles vaccines, and many more. Contact your local clinic and let us know which vaccine you need.

QUESTION: How do I know if I need a vaccine?

A: If you’re not in one of the situations listed above but you still think it might be time for a vaccine, check out the CDC website to review recommended vaccines for every age group.

QUESTION: Is it safe to get my vaccinations from AFC instead of my regular doctor?

A: Yes, AFC offers a number of services you used to need an appointment to get from other doctors’ offices. Whether you need a regular checkup, vaccinations, or lab work, we’re able to provide healthcare alongside your general practitioner so you never need to go without the services you need.

How do I get the new COVID-19 Vaccine?

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the best, safest way to not get severely ill. Like all vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine teaches your body how to develop its own immunity to the virus that causes this illness. A COVID-19 vaccine usually requires two doses. The second shot happens 14 to 28 days after the first. It takes about three weeks after your last shot to develop immunity. Getting a COVID-19 vaccination will depend on availability and guidelines in your state. Contact us about getting a COVID-19 vaccination.

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Protect yourself and your family by receiving a travel vaccine!

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