Summer 2019 Guide to Travel Vaccines and Medications

If you’re planning a summer trip overseas, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines or travel medications. You might be tempted to skip the extra doctor’s visit, but don’t. Yellow fever continues to be a significant concern in South America, measles is spreading across Europe and as we’re sure you’ve heard, here in the U.S. we’ve had a big resurgence, and hepatitis A has doctors everywhere (including in the U.S.) on alert. From AFC Urgent Care New Britain, here is your  summer 2019 guide to travel vaccines and medications.

Plan ahead for your travel vaccines and meds

Many travel immunizations need to be given in a series of shots given over a period of days or weeks, plus, vaccines take time to work. Travel health experts and our own medical staff recommend giving yourself 4 to 6 weeks to meet with a travel health provider about how to plan for your travel and to get any needed travel vaccinations.

Recommended vaccines are travel vaccines that can protect you in areas where there is an afc-new-britain-urgent-care-2019-summer-travel-vaccines-medicationsintermediate or high risk for contracting certain illnesses. They also help prevent the spread of diseases from one country to another so that even if you do not contract the illness, you will not become a carrier of it back to your home country.

Required vaccines: the yellow fever vaccine (link opens in new tab) may be required for travel to certain parts of Africa and South America and Asia. According to Goad, Saudi Arabia also has a meningococcal vaccine requirement during the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

Come to AFC Urgent Care for your travel consultation:

Before visiting certain countries, international travel regulations require travelers to receive different vaccinations prior to arriving, which is why a sit down consultation is required. For instance, according to the CDC, a Yellow Fever vaccination  is required in order to travel to South America or parts of Southern Africa. Here’s what you can expect from an AFC Urgent Care travel consultation:

  • A medical screening, consultation and assessment
  • Medicines for malaria, diarrhea, motion sickness, & altitude sickness
  • Required & recommended travel vaccines 
  • Some or all of the following, depending on destination:
    • Typhoid vaccine

    • Tetanus-diphtheria vaccine

    • Meningococcal meningitis vaccine

    • Polio vaccine

    • Hepatitis-A vaccine

    • Hepatitis-B vaccine

    • Japanese encephalitis vaccine

    • MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine

    • Pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine

    • Influenza vaccine (link opens in new tab)

    • Yellow Fever vaccine

At AFC Urgent Care New Britain you can walk right in for your Summer Travel Vaccines and or medications today, no appointment necessary at any of our walk-in clinics. We are located at 135 East Main Street, New Britain CT 06051. We are open 7 days a week and ready to treat you. You can save time by checking in online and we accept most insurances.