Travel Clinic

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS







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  • How far in advance should I make my appointment?
  • Are any vaccines compulsory?
  • Will I receive more than one vaccine?
  • What kind of side effects am I likely to experience?
  • Can I receive vaccinations while I’m on antibiotics?
  • Does a vaccine for malaria exist?
  • How long should I plan for my appointment to take?
  • I’m pregnant – can I still receive vaccinations for my trip?
  • Do I need vaccinations if I’m taking a luxury cruise?
How far in advance should I make my appointment?

Ideally, you should receive your travel vaccines 4 to 6 weeks before your departure. However, if you don’t have that much time until you travel it’s always better to receive your vaccinations late than not at all.

Are any vaccines compulsory?

You may need the Yellow Fever vaccine for some countries in South America and Africa. Your doctor should be able to tell you whether you need it based on your specific destination.

In addition, you will also need the meningitis vaccine for a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Will I receive more than one vaccine?

Depending on where you are traveling, you may receive one or more vaccines at the time of your visit. Many destinations will require multiple vaccines, which you will receive during the same office visit.

What kind of side effects am I likely to experience?

Usually, the side effects of vaccines are minor to nonexistent, regardless of how many vaccines you receive. You may notice redness or tenderness at the injection site, but these symptoms should be temporary.

Can I receive vaccinations while I’m on antibiotics?

Unless you are experiencing a fever, there is no counterproductivity in receiving inoculations while taking antibiotics.

Does a vaccine for malaria exist?

Presently there is no vaccine to prevent malaria. If you are traveling to an area with high risk for malaria, we can prescribe you anti-malaria medication, as well as offer other advice on how to protect yourself against the disease.

How long should I plan for my appointment to take?

Your appointment will consist of an individual consultation, on-the-spot vaccinations, and a chance to ask the doctor any specific questions regarding your health while traveling. Each visit usually lasts about one hour from the time you enter until we’ve completed our service to you.

I’m pregnant – can I still receive vaccinations for my trip?

You can receive inactive vaccines without risk. However, you should avoid areas where the yellow fever or other live vaccine is required. In addition, our medical personnel can make recommendations for preventatives that will keep you and your baby healthy during your travels.

Do I need vaccinations if I’m taking a luxury cruise?

It’s always best to err on the side of caution, so you should take care to receive vaccinations during your sea travels. In addition, we can offer methods to help you prevent or manage sea sickness.





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