Stay Healthy While Traveling Abroad with WiseCare Travel Vaccines
What You Need to Know About Travel Vaccines: Planning Ahead is Key!
When your primary care physician does not stock travel vaccines, schedule an appointment with WiseCare so that no matter where you plan to go, you will get all recommended and required vaccines to lower your chances for getting and spreading disease. In almost all circumstances, it’s very rare for someone planning to travel to not to need vaccines.
See your WiseCare provider at least a month before international travel. You may need this much time to complete a vaccine series, and your body needs time to build up immunity. Many travel immunizations need to be given in a series of shots given over a period of days or weeks.
Vaccines take time to work. WiseCare experts recommend giving yourself 4 to 6 weeks advance notice to review your travel itinerary and medical history with our providers in order to plan, purchase and receive required travel vaccinations.
If you are taking medications for a condition like diabetes, there may be certain drug interactions you need to be aware of. For example, some drugs may reduce the effectiveness of travel vaccinations.
While it’s true that visiting new countries can expose you to illnesses rarely seen in the U.S., there are several ways to protect yourself from foreign invaders, starting with your WiseCare provider who will walk you through the following: can assist you with the following vaccine scenarios:
1. Review Routine Vaccines:
It’s important to get up to date on all of your vaccinations. These include standard child and adult immunizations recommended for the general U.S. population. Your WiseCare provider will ask about general routine vaccines and recommend them since many people especially adults are not up to date on their immunizations. Vaccines such as tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and more. Even if a disease is very rare in the U.S., it doesn’t mean that it isn’t more common in other countries, thus the reason why routine vaccines are so important when traveling for abroad. Measles is a very good example, and 2018 brought a wide spread outbreak both abroad and into the U.S.
2. Plan for Recommended Travel Vaccines and Medicines:
These types of vaccines are intended to protect you in areas where there is an immediate or high risk for contracting certain illnesses. They also help prevent the spread of diseases from one country to another. The following vaccine-preventable travel-related diseases that are not covered by routine adult vaccinations:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatits B
- Typhoid & Paratyphoid Fever
- Meningococcal Disease
- Yellow Fever
- Japanese Encephalitis
Whether or not you may need one or more of these vaccines depends on any number of variables. A great resource to check immediate or high risk countries is the website of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On it you can search by country and traveler type.
3. Discuss Your Medications:
Traveling with medication — even prescription drugs — isn’t as simple as packing it. In countries where a medication is allowed, but its amount is capped, reducing your dosage or switching to another available medication is the best way to stay compliant. Allow enough time beforehand to ensure the smaller dose or new medicine works effectively, and consider making the switch before your trip to give yourself time to adjust.
Travelers often pack medications when they go abroad, but some popular prescription and over-the-counter ones Americans use for things like pain relief, better sleep, allergies and even the common cold are illegal in some countries. The United Arab Emirates and Japan, for example, are among the most restrictive nations, but many ban or restrict importing narcotics, sedatives, amphetamines and other common over-the-counter medications. Laws vary by country and there is no central, up-to date repository, so your WiseCare provider will recommend checking with the embassy of your destination country for up to date lists of approved versus banned medications.
4. Administer Required Vaccines:
Certain countries have their own requirements for visiting tourists. An example is how the yellow fever vaccine may be required for travel to certain parts of Africa and South America. Only a registered provider can offer this vaccine, and you must get it at least 10 days before travel.
Key Considerations for Travel Vaccines
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide whether or not to see a doctor about recommended vaccinations. Some people may not be able to receive certain vaccines due to allergy to a vaccine component or medical condition. Remember that, in general, you are much more at risk from the diseases that they protect you against than the vaccines.
Overall, it is important to remember travel vaccinations recommended different people going to the same country might be different, since medical history and chronic conditions play a factor in what vaccines you will need in order to stay healthy while you travel.
WiseCare is Here for You
Our Severna Park and Pasadena medical centers offer travel vaccine services provided by our caring, board certified physicians and physician assistants. Our highly trained professional staff are focused on putting you at ease about your medical needs during your upcoming trip abroad.
WiseCare offers quality medical care 7 days a week to your employees in Severna Park and Pasadena and surrounding communities. In addition to travel vaccines, WiseCare can also serve as a “medical home” whenever employees have urgent or non-urgent medical needs. We treat all ages, 7 days. a week, including nights and weekends. Our medical center services include primary care, pediatric care, urgent care, physicals, vaccinations, x-rays, in-house lab testing, IV fluid hydration, immigration physicals, occupational medicine, DOT physicals, drug screening DOT and non-DOT, and more. Our Board Certified physicians are available 7 days a week and can provide customized treatment for patients of all ages. To schedule a non-urgent medical appointment – book online at www.wisecaremd.com or call 410.255.7900 today.
Resources: Wedmd.com; CDC.gov