Travel Vaccines Q&A
What are travel vaccines?
Travel vaccines are a way to help protect travelers from serious diseases and complications. It’s possible you might come into contact with diseases, such as yellow fever, that are rare in the United States. Some countries require that you get certain vaccines before traveling there.
To discover what vaccines you need before you embark on your trip, it’s best to visit Dr. Galstian and the team at Family Medicine NYC, PC.
The travel vaccines recommended for you depend on:
- Where you plan to travel
- Your overall health
- The vaccines you’ve had previously
Some countries require proof of vaccination for some diseases, such as yellow fever or polio. If you have a weakened immune system or an ongoing illness, you might require additional vaccines.
When should I get my travel vaccines?
You should get vaccinated at least four to six weeks before your trip. This helps to ensure the vaccines have ample time to begin working, offering you optimal travel protection.
Some vaccines might require more than one dose. Starting your vaccines in advance gives you more time to receive any additional doses.
The team at Family Medicine NYC, PC offers personalized plans that are specific to your travel itinerary and health history. During your travel health appointment, your doctor goes over your personal medical history, provides and plans any necessary vaccines, and gives you valuable information and tips for remaining healthy on your journey.
What are the different types of travel vaccines?
There are different types of travel vaccines. Some vaccines are recommended for most travelers, such as:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow fever
Other vaccines are recommended for people traveling to certain areas where there are higher risks. Antimalarials are provided for those traveling to malaria-risk areas, and rabies vaccines are recommended for those traveling in remote areas, the outdoors, and those who might come into contact with bats, dogs, and other mammals.
Children are considered a higher risk for a number of complications and infections and require different travel vaccines. For your convenience, Family Medicine NYC, PC offers pediatric travel vaccines.
Other vaccines that Family Medicine NYC, PC offers include:
- Immune globulin
- Japanese encephalitis
- MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)
- DPT (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis)
If you have upcoming travel plans and want to protect your health with the most advanced and effective medical care, call or schedule your appointment online with Family Medicine NYC, PC in New York City.