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Travel Medicine Vaccinations
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
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.
How Can We Help?
- URGENT CARE
- PEDIATRIC URGENT CARE
- PRIMARY CARE
- FAMILY CARE
- SEASONAL ALLERGY TREATMENTS
- EXPRESS LAB SERVICES
- STD TESTING
- ANNUAL PHYSICALS
- SCHOOL/SPORTS PHYSICALS
- IMMIGRATION PHYSICALS
- MEN’S PHYSICALS
- WOMEN’S PHYSICALS
- WELLNESS PHYSICALS
- VACCINATIONS – IMMUNIZATIONS
- FLU SHOTS – VACCINATIONS
- TRAVEL MEDICINE – VACCINATIONS
Travel Vaccine Resources
TRAVEL MEDICINE FAQs
QUESTION: How soon before I travel should I get vaccinated?
A: It’s important to get vaccinated at least 4 to 6 weeks before you travel. This time frame will give the vaccines time to start working, so you’re protected while away from home. It will also usually ensure there’s enough time for you to get fully vaccinated for those that require more than 1 dose.
QUESTION: What diseases should I be vaccinated for?
A: The vaccines you need to get before traveling will depend on a few things, including where you plan to travel, your health, and what vaccines you’ve already had. Your local AFC medical professional can advise you on what you may need and when.
QUESTION: Will my insurance cover travel medicine?
A: Some plans do, and some don’t, so it’s important to check with your insurance provider. AFC centers offer affordable services that are often far less expensive than a visit to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
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.