Immunizations needed depend upon your itinerary, age, and previous vaccine history. The Family Doctor does not administer vaccines to children under age 4. Prices and availability are subject to change.
Full payment is due at time of service and is the full responsibility of the patient.
Health insurance often does not pay for this service.
Our doctors can recommend immunizations and medication for the prevention of malaria, antibiotics for traveler's diarrhea, sleep aids for jet lag and scopolamine patches for motion sickness.
You will receive personal attention to your individual medical needs and will give practical advice to make your trip safer.
Please call and make an appointment for a travel consultation several weeks prior to your trip for maximum benefit.
To Reduce the Side Effects of Immunizations:
Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) prior to or after immunizations to decrease fever and body aches.
Apply a cold compress to the injection site if it becomes red, swollen and/or tender.
SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION IF YOU DEVELOP HIVES AFTER RECEIVING ANY IMMUNIZATION.
Also, immediately take an anti-histamine: Benedryl (diphenhydramine), Claritin (Loratidine), Allegra (fexofenadine), or Zyrtec (cetirizine).
Other Ways to Protect Yourself While Traveling:
Carry all medications in their original, labeled containers.
Automobile Safety: Wear seat belt; learn rules of the road and the meaning of road signs for the country in which you are traveling.
Crime: Carry photocopies of your passport in your suitcase; leave valuables at home; wear money belt; when parked, keep rental car locked and windows rolled up at all times with no items visible.
Jet Lag: Over-the-counter Melatonin, or prescription Ambien, Ambien CR, Sonata, Lunesta or Halcion.
Malaria: Prescription medication taken prior, during, and after travel. Use DEET-based insect repellents; wear light-colored long-sleeves and long pants beginning at sunset; avoid perfumes and after-shaves; use mosquito netting.
Medical Care Abroad: Ask physician for a listing of IMMAT-approved physicians. Carry with you a record of your immunizations, your medications, and your chronic health conditions. Write you blood type on your passport.
Motion Sickness: Prescription Transderm Scop Patch.
Traveler's Diarrhea: Prescription antibiotic with over-the-counter Imodium. Drink plenty of fluids. Boil water or treat with chlorine or iodine; drink only bottled and canned beverages (no ice); peel your own fruit and vegetables; cook all foods thoroughly and eat while steaming hot (do not eat reheated foods). Seek medical care if diarrhea is severe, bloody, continues more than a few days, or is accompanied by chills and fever.
For More Information:
CDC Traveler's Health Information line: 877-394-8747
CDC Travel Site (traveler's health, cruise ship sanitation scores, etc.) www.cdc.gov/travel
US Department of State (travel warnings, visa information, etc.): www.travel.state.gov
Travel Medicine, Inc. (travel supplies and other information): www.travmed.com