- Immunizations (Vaccines) Foreign Travel
- What services are offered at the Travel Immunization Clinic?
- What do I need to know before my visit?
- How much do travel immunizations (vaccines) cost?
- What should I bring to my visit?
- Frequently Asked Questions
- What travel immunizations (vaccines) should I get before my trip?
- What immunizations (vaccines) are offered at the Travel Immunization Clinic?
- What if the immunization (vaccine) that I need is not available at the Travel Immunization Clinic?
- What can I do to protect myself from malaria?
- Other Resources
- Contact Information
- Travel Vaccines Needed for Africa – Recommended and Required
- Travel and Specialty Vaccines:
- Vaccines for Travel Destinations:
- Immunizations for Travel to Keep You Healthy Overseas
- What are the Most Common Travel Vaccinations?
- Where Can I Get Vaccinations for Travel?
- When Should I Get Travel Vaccinations?
- How Long Do Travel Vaccinations Last?
- Is There a Vaccine for Malaria?
- Do I Really Need Vaccinations for Travel?
- Planning your travel vaccinations
- Some vaccine-preventable diseases for travellers:
- Special Considerations
- When and how long you’ll be staying
- Where you're staying and what you'll be doing
- Age and health
- What else to pack to avoid diseases
- Continue reading
Immunizations (Vaccines) Foreign Travel
What services are offered at the Travel Immunization Clinic?
We offer travel immunizations (vaccines) for Orange County residents, pre-travel counseling, and prescriptions to prevent a malaria infection.
What do I need to know before my visit?
- Services are for Orange County residents.
- Call (800) 914-4887 to make an appointment 4-6 weeks before your trip. You must make an appointment for us to see you. We do not take walk-ins.
- There is a charge for travel immunizations (vaccines). You must pay at the time of your visit. We accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Travel immunizations (vaccines) are not covered by Medicare or Medi-Cal and may or may not be covered by your insurance.
Note: Please contact your insurance to check your coverage for travel vaccines and medications.
If needed, we can provide an itemized bill that you can give to your insurance for reimbursement.
How much do travel immunizations (vaccines) cost?
Download the Travel Clinic Price List to see our prices. The document shows price information in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
What should I bring to my visit?
- Immunization Record (Yellow Card): If you have your immunization record (yellow card), please bring it with you to your appointment. This will help us know what shots you have received so we can avoid giving you unnecessary shots.
- Travel Itinerary: Please bring a list of the cities and countries that you will be visiting. Please include the dates you plan on staying in each country.
- Travel Immunization Questionnaire: Please print and fill out the Travel Immunization Questionnaire.
Click on the link below to download the questionnaire.
If you cannot print the questionnaire at home, we will have it at our clinic. Call (800) 914-4887 if you have any questions about how to complete the questionnaire.
- Medications: Please bring a list of your current medications (over the counter and prescription). Please make sure to include the dosage of the medications.
Frequently Asked Questions
See your doctor or schedule an appointment with our Travel Immunization Clinic at least 4-6 weeks before your trip. It can take 2-3 weeks for the body to build up enough protection after getting the first dose of a vaccine. Some immunizations (vaccines) need to be given in more than one dose. You may need to come back to our clinic more than once to finish getting all the doses.
What travel immunizations (vaccines) should I get before my trip?
The type of travel immunizations you need depends on the countries or places you are planning to visit.
Please check with your doctor and visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel webpage to get more information on travel health and immunizations (vaccines).
It is important that you are up to date with routine vaccines the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (Tdap) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, and influenza (flu) vaccine before your trip.
What immunizations (vaccines) are offered at the Travel Immunization Clinic?
We try to offer the following vaccines, but there may be times when we do not have all vaccines available. Hepatitis AHepatitis BHepatitis A&B (Twinrix)MeningitisMMR (measles/mumps/rubella)PolioRabiesTd/Tdap (Tetanus)Typhoid (oral and injectable)
What if the immunization (vaccine) that I need is not available at the Travel Immunization Clinic?
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel webpage for a list of travel immunization providers near you.
What can I do to protect myself from malaria?
If you are traveling to an area where malaria is a risk, talk to a doctor about getting a prescription to prevent a malaria infection. There are no immunizations (vaccines) for malaria. You can make an appointment to see a doctor at the Travel Immunization Clinic. Call (800) 914-4887 to schedule a malaria prescription appointment at the clinic.
CDC Travelers’ Health – Information about travel health, safety, and immunizations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
US State Department – Information about travel health and safety.
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Page Last Updated: February 3, 2020
Travel Vaccines Needed for Africa – Recommended and Required
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Travel Clinics of America is your best choice for receiving high-quality pre-travel care, sound travel advice, and peace of mind.
When you travel outside of the U.S., it’s wise to expect the unexpected. Being far away from home means there is a risk of contracting disease. The physicians at Travel Clinics of America can help you get the appropriate travel shots and teach you about diseases common at your specific destination.
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|Hepatitis A||Hepatitis A, transmitted through contaminated food and water, is the most common vaccine-preventable disease. Vaccination against Hepatitis A virtually eliminates the risk of the disease. It is given as a series of 2 shots, 6 months apart.Read more…||Hepatitis A vaccine|
|Yellow Fever||Yellow fever is a serious viral disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes. The disease varies from mild to severe causing liver failure. Yellow fever can be prevented by vaccination and avoidance of mosquitoes. NOTE: Proof of vaccination (International Certificate of Vaccination) against yellow fever may be required for travel to and from some of the countries in AfricaRead more…||Yellow fever vaccine|
|Meningitis||Meningococcal meningitis is a very serious bacterial infection of the brain. It is transmitted from person-to-person through respiratory secretions and saliva. The disease occurs everywhere in the world but the incidence of meningococcal disease is highest in the meningitis belt of sub-Saharan Africa. Meningitis vaccine is the best protection against this serious disease. NOTE: Proof of vaccination against meningococcal disease is required for persons traveling to Mecca during the annual Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage.Read more…||Meningitis vaccine|
|Typhoid Fever||Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection. It occurs worldwide but is more common in developing countries. Typhoid is transmitted by contaminated food. The Typhoid vaccine is by far the best protection for the travelers going to developing countries.Read more…||Typhoid vaccine|
|Hepatitis B||Hepatitis B, a serious viral illness, is transmitted through blood products, contaminated medical instruments (such as during an emergency surgery) and unprotected sex. Some travelers, such as adventure travelers, Peace Corps volunteers, missionaries, and military personnel, may be at increased risk for infection. Generally given over 6 months, the Hepatitis vaccine also may be given on an accelerated schedule over 21 days.Read more…||Hepatitis B vaccine|
|Polio||Polio is spread from person to person — and through contaminated food and water. Travelers to Kenya, Nigeria and other countries in Africa may be advised to get a polio booster.Read more…||Polio vaccine|
|Rabies||Rabies is characteristically transmitted by the bite or scratch of rabid infected animals. Travelers to rural areas for extended periods of time, children, and those in close contact with animals are at a higher risk for rabies and should discuss receiving a prophylactic anti-rabies vaccination with a travel physician. This vaccination involves a series of three injections, given over 3-4 weeks.Read more…||Rabies vaccine|
|Zika virus||There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika. Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.Read more…|
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In our globalized, modern, and mobile world, over 1 million people travel internationally each day.
In many countries, vaccine preventable diseases are still common even though they have been eradicated from North America.
Without vaccines, epidemics of many preventable diseases will return, resulting in increased illness and deaths and a lower quality of life.
Vaccination before travel is imperative to ensure global public health and to help individuals stay healthy during and after their travels. As such, Passport Health is committed to ensuring maximum immunization coverage in all populations from children, to members of the workforce, to the elderly, to international travelers via our nationwide clinic network.
Travel and Specialty Vaccines:
Passport Health offers vaccinations recommended and required for international travel. In fact, we specialize in these hard to find travel vaccines, and our clinicians are highly trained in their proper administration, all at a competitive price. Click on the links below to learn more about Passport Health’s travel vaccination options:
Medications and advice are also available for these conditions:
- Traveler’s Diarrhea
- Dengue Fever
- Motion Sickness
Travel vaccination questions? Get answers from our expert representatives today. Call to speak with a Passport Health travel health representative.
Vaccines for Travel Destinations:
Passport Health’s Travel Medicine Specialists offer vaccinations for travel to any country in the world, as well as destination specific health advice tailored to our client’s itineraries. Many locations have recommended or required vaccinations, including many on Passport Health’s Top Ten Most Frequently Visited Destinations:
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Immunizations for Travel to Keep You Healthy Overseas
Last updated on 02/05/2020
International travelers open themselves up to health risks and diseases that can be very dangerous. It’s better to be prepared. Obtaining the proper immunizations for travel can eliminate the risk of contracting locally contained diseases – yellow fever or parasites.
Traveler vaccination requirements vary the area of the world. In some regions, requirements may include getting a booster for a vaccination you already had as a child or getting your first dose of a typhoid immunization. Prior to departure, always work with a licensed healthcare provider to finalize your immunization plans and administration.
You can follow basic guidelines when planning a trip overseas to help determine if you should be immunized for travel.
- Check with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or a trusted healthcare provider to determine the most up-to-date vaccination needed for the area to which you are traveling. The CDC has an excellent tool to show the necessary immunizations.
- Get the proper immunizations as soon as you can.
Some may require “rebound” time, so you’ll want to give yourself time to become yourself again.
- Double-check with your healthcare provider that your current immunizations are still relevant. You may need boosters of common vaccinations you may have received some time ago (tetanus/diphtheria, MMR, polio and yellow fever).
- Obtain a “yellow health card” for your trip overseas. This is an international certificate of vaccination (ICV) issued by the World Health Organization. Your healthcare provider must fill it out and then it will need an official stamp from the health department. You may need this card if traveling to an area where a yellow fever immunization is required.
- Be cautious if receiving a vaccination outside of your home country. Developing countries have less healthcare regulations and may administer immunizations that are unsanitary.
- Plan for the unexpected – equip yourself with travel insurance that provides you with medical coverage that fits the needs of your trip.
This can often be fulfilled with a comprehensive plan, which includes medical coverage and medical evacuation coverage.
Certain areas of the world are more prone to diseases and health risks than others, so immunization requirements are typically different for each country. The CDC regularly updates requirements for travel vaccinations by destination, which is a great resource for international travelers.
The first step any traveler should take is to make sure all their previous immunizations are up to date. Check with your healthcare professional to ensure your shots are still current and that you don't need any booster shots before traveling. Standard vaccinations help protect against many of the world's most common health risks.
What are the Most Common Travel Vaccinations?
While there are many different immunizations required for travel, some of the most common include inoculations for:
- Yellow Fever
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese B Encephalitis
- Tick-Borne Encephalitis
Where Can I Get Vaccinations for Travel?
Your first stop for travel vaccines should always be your doctor's office. Your primary care physician will have access to your vaccination history and can recommend booster shots or new immunizations where necessary.
With that said, a typical doctor's office is unly to have access to every travel vaccine you may need. For example in the case of yellow fever, only authorized yellow fever vaccination centers can administer these injections.
- Your Doctor's Office
- State, City or County Health Department
- Travelers' Health Clinics
- Specialized Travel Vaccination Centers
When Should I Get Travel Vaccinations?
The best time to get vaccinated for your trip depends on your date of departure. The CDC recommends having immunizations at least 4 to 6 weeks beforehand so the inoculations have sufficient time to take full effect.
Scheduling appointments with your doctor or specialized travel vaccination clinics may take time though, so it's best to plan ahead to avoid an extended waiting period. Sometimes travel vaccines require a series of shots over the course of a month, so you'll want to keep that in mind when planning your immunization appointments.
How Long Do Travel Vaccinations Last?
The duration of protection for travel immunizations varies, depending on the vaccine. Some travel vaccines, inoculations for polio, hepatitis A and B, tetanus, and diphtheria last around ten years or more.
Yellow fever vaccine is considered good for life.
Other immunizations have shorter lifespans, including shots for rabies, typhoid, Japanese B encephalitis, and tick-borne encephalitis, which last between one and three years.
Is There a Vaccine for Malaria?
Unfortunately, there is no vaccine for malaria, but anyone planning on traveling to Africa, Central or South America, the South Pacific, and certain parts of Asia may want to look into Chemoprophylaxis, which is a preventative drug treatment for the disease.
Check with your doctor to find out if Chemoprophylaxis is right for you. The drug treatment does have side effects and is not 100 percent effective, but it may be appropriate for travelers visiting malaria-prone regions.
Other anti-malaria treatments include: Malarone, Mefloquine, Paludrine, Chloroquine, and Doxycycline.
Do I Really Need Vaccinations for Travel?
Vaccinations are required for travel to some regions of the world, especially in the case of yellow fever. Without the proper documentation, visitors may be denied entry into the country.
While it's true that some travelers choose not to get vaccinated and do not contract diseases on their trips, vaccines exist for a reason and can be the difference between life and death for some travelers.
Although travel immunizations are not free, they aren't unaffordable either especially when you consider the total cost of a trip overseas. Getting the proper vaccines before traveling is always the best approach.
Planning your travel vaccinations
Vaccines can take a few weeks to start working, so make sure you make time before your trip to visit a travel clinic or schedule a doctor appointment to get health advice for the countries you plan to visit.
The NHS recommends seeing a GP or a visiting a travel clinic at least 8 weeks before you’re due to travel. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “anyone 9 months or older who travels to areas where yellow fever vaccine is recommended should be vaccinated against yellow fever at least 10 days before travel.”
It’s also important to ensure you’re up-to-date on routine vaccinations.
You can also research online and visit the CDC Travel Health website, which gives travel health information and advice for travellers.
Depending on where you’re going, some vaccines may be recommended to protect you in areas of risk for certain illnesses, while others are required, such as yellow fever.
Many countries require you to have a certificate of your yellow fever vaccine before they let you into the country.
Some vaccine-preventable diseases for travellers:
- Diphtheria – Babies are usually vaccinated against this in the UK.
- Hepatitis A – This vaccine is only recommended for people at an increased risk.
- Hepatitis B – A vaccine for this is routinely available for all babies born in the UK.
- Influenza – There are a number of vaccines available for influenza.
- Typhoid fever – In the UK, two vaccines are available for this.
- Yellow Fever – In the UK, the yellow fever vaccine are only available from registered centres.
- Meningococcal disease – A number of vaccines are available for this. More details can be found here.
- Rabies – The rabies vaccine should be considered if you are travelling to a part of the world where the disease is common.
- Japanese encephalitis – This vaccine is usually only available privately.
- Tetanus – The tetanus vaccine requires 5 injections in total.
- Poliomyelitis – The polio vaccine is given by injection in a number of separate doses.
- Measles, mumps, rubella and varicella – The MMRV vaccine is available for this and considered to be very safe.
There are several things to consider when planning your travel vaccinations, including:
Some diseases are more common in certain parts of the world. The country or countries you will be visiting is a key factor to determine what immunizations are recommended or required for your travels.
For example, in Asia, it is highly recommended to get vaccinations such as:
- Hepatitis A
When and how long you’ll be staying
Some diseases are more common at certain times of the year; for example, during the rainy season. And the longer you stay, the greater your risk of being exposed to diseases.
Where you're staying and what you'll be doing
A business trip where you spend most of your time in a hotel is very different from a trip where you spend time outdoors.
Rural areas generally involve a higher risk, and you may come into contact with more diseases if you’re working as an aid worker or if you’re in contact with animals.
When planning your next holiday abroad, be sure to check what vaccinations are required for your journey.
When it comes to preventing getting ill on holidays, we recommend the following action points:
- Prevent insect bites- wear permethrin-threated clothing and gear, stay and sleep in air conditioned or screened rooms.
- Keep away from animals- do not touch or feed any animals you do not know.
Age and health
Immunizations are not suitable for everyone. Pregnant women, babies, and individuals who have had serious reactions to vaccinations in the past are some special cases that require consideration. It's important to consult with a doctor or travel clinic to decide on the right vaccinations for each individual.
What else to pack to avoid diseases
In addition to vaccines, you can prepare a list of health-related items for your trip. Depending on where you’re going, your healthy packing could include:
- insect repellent products or supplies
- medicines that may be difficult to find at your destination
- Sunburn treatment
As exciting as it is to move to or visit a new country, remember there are healthy precautions to consider before travelling. Check out our tips on how to stay healthy abroad.
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