For maximum protection, most travel immunizations should be given at least 2 weeks prior to your travel. As you are making your travel arrangements, remember - - BE SAFE AND WISE - - IMMUNIZE!
Office visit with the Travel Medicine Nurse
The Travel Medicine Nurse will address and respond to destination specific travelers' disease, epidemics and vaccination issues; along with providing immunizations that may be required or recommended for safe travel abroad.
Hepatitis A (2 shot series)
The most common vaccine-preventable disease in travelers. Recommended for people traveling to or working in countries with a high risk of Hepatitis A infection. Transmitted through contaminated water, ice, fruit, vegetables, shellfish harvested from sewage contaminated water or other foods that are eaten uncooked. Symptoms include fever, anorexia, abdominal discomfort, malaise, followed in a few days by jaundice.
Hepatitis B (3 shot series)
Hepatitis B vaccine is the only vaccine known to help prevent liver cancer. Recommended for travelers in countries with a high risk of Hepatitis B infection. Transmitted by contact with infected blood or blood derived fluids. Symptoms include anorexia, abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and often progresses to jaundice.
Twinrix: Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B Combination Vaccine (3 shot series)
Typhoid shot effective for 2 years
Oral Typhoid pills effective for 5 years
Typhoid vaccination or medication will provide protection against the salmonella thyphi bacteria. Transmitted through exposure to contaminated food and water. Symptoms include fever, headache, loss of appetite, enlarged spleen.
Certification good for 10 years. Only vaccine that may be required for entry into some countries. Fatal cases of yellow fever have occurred in some unvaccinated travelers visiting areas within a yellow fever endemic zone. Transmitted by a bite of a yellow fever infected mosquito. Symptoms vary from flu-like symptoms to severe hepatitis.
Provides protection for 3 or more years depending on vaccination received. Recommended for students living in dorms or group settings and for travelers entering an area where the disease is prevalent. Transmitted by a bacteria that is spread through respiratory contact with an infected person. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, intense headache, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, and rash.
Recommended for adult travelers who will be traveling to an area where the wild polio virus exists or for individuals who have not completed the polio series.
Recommended for individuals who have not received a TD vaccination in the past 10 years.
Recommended for all adults to substitute Tdap for one dose of Td. Td should be used for all later doses.
All travelers to malaria-infected areas should take preventive measures by using an anti-malaria medication, using insect repellent with DEET, and covering as much exposed skin as possible. Transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms can consist of persistent headaches, muscular aching and weakness, vomiting, and diarrhea. Malaria can be fatal if treatment is delayed.