Travel Clinic Overview
At this clinic, we provide information, vaccinations, and medical advice tailored to the specific health risks associated with the destination(s) a traveler plans to visit. Here’s an overview of the services typically provided at our Travel Clinic:
Travelers meet with a doctor who specializes in travel medicine to discuss their travel plans, destinations, and any existing medical conditions. These consultations provide personalized advice on health risks, required vaccinations, and preventive measures.
Vaccinations and Immunizations:
Our travel Clinics offer a comprehensive range of vaccinations based on the traveler’s destination and potential disease exposure. Common vaccines include yellow fever, typhoid, hepatitis A and B, meningitis, and more.
Health Risk Assessments:
The doctor assesses the specific health risks associated with the traveler’s destination, such as endemic diseases, food and water safety, insect-borne illnesses, altitude-related issues, and other local health concerns.
Prescriptions and Medications:
Depending on the destination, travelers might require prescription medications such as antimalarial drugs, antibiotics, and medicines for altitude sickness, traveler’s diarrhea, and other travel-related health issues. The doctor will prescribe the medication based on the travel destination.
Travel Health Education:
Our clinic will provide travelers with information on various health and safety topics related to their destination, including advice on food and water safety, insect protection, sun protection, and general hygiene practices.
Insect Protection Strategies:
Travelers receive guidance on preventing insect bites and using insect repellents, bed nets, and other protective measures to avoid vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue fever, and Zika virus. The doctor will review the products that can be used based on your destination and risk.
Altitude Sickness Prevention:
For destinations with high altitudes, the clinic may offer advice on acclimatization, medications to prevent altitude sickness, and recognizing the symptoms of altitude-related illnesses. Based on your itinerary, the doctor will prescribe medications to make your travel smooth.
Dr. Garg practices primary care with a specialization in Travel medicine. Hence, we provide post-travel evaluations to assess any health issues or symptoms arising during or after the trip. This ensures early detection and appropriate treatment of any travel-related illnesses.
Immunization Records and Certificates:
Our clinic provides international vaccination certificates or prophylaxis (ICVP) or yellow card required for entry into certain countries that mandate proof of specific vaccinations, such as yellow fever.
Travel Clinic: Yellow fever Vaccine
Yellow fever is a serious viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes in certain regions of Africa and South America. It can cause severe health problems and even fatalities in some cases. The disease is endemic in equatorial Africa and some parts of South America, but not in Asia. Tourists who are not vaccinated against YF have died after contracting the disease. Some countries require YF vaccination before allowing entry into the country, especially if the traveler is from an endemic area. However, not all countries with YF transmission have this requirement. Therefore, travelers are advised to get vaccinated for their own protection.
The YF vaccine is made from a live virus grown in chick embryos. After receiving the vaccine, the vaccine virus can often cause a mild infection within three to seven days, which can last for one to three weeks.
To meet entry requirements for countries that require YF vaccination, the vaccination certificate is valid ten days after receiving the vaccine for primary vaccine recipients. This is the time when most recipients develop immunity. The certificate is valid for life, regardless of when it was issued.
YF-VAX from Sanofi Pasteur is a vaccine that protects people nine months and older from yellow fever. It contains a weakened form of the virus made harmless, so it cannot cause illness. When you get the vaccine, your body will produce antibodies to fight against the virus, protecting you from getting sick.
You can use this link to book the appointment and check out the prices of the vaccine.
Travel Clinic: Covid Vaccines
It’s important to note that as of April 2023, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, bivalent (Original and Omicron), the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, bivalent (Original and Omicron), and the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine (NVX-CoV2373), which is an adjuvanted recombinant protein vaccine (monovalent), are authorized for use in the United States.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available for individuals six months and older, while the Novavax vaccine is available for individuals 12 years or older. If you’re unsure which vaccine is best for you, our clinic’s doctor can provide guidance and help prescribe it to your preferred pharmacy.
If you need, the doctor at our clinic can discuss which vaccine is best for you and help prescribe it to the pharmacy of your choice. You can book a travel consult using this link.
Travel Clinic: TDAP Vaccine
As a helpful reminder, it’s important to note that all travelers should be aware of the risk of pertussis, a communicable respiratory disease. To protect yourself, it’s recommended that all adults aged 19 to 64 receive a single dose of Tdap, even if you’ve recently received a Td booster. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also recommends Tdap vaccination for adults aged 65 and older who have close contact with infants younger than one year, such as grandparents, childcare providers, and healthcare providers.
If you have any questions or concerns about Tdap vaccination, our clinic’s doctor can provide guidance and help you schedule an appointment. We provide the TDAP vaccine at our clinic through insurance if we are in the network or using the cash-pay service. You can check the prices and book online using this link.
Travel Clinic: Rabies vaccine
It’s important to be aware of the risk of rabies, especially if you live in an area where it’s enzootic. More than 3.3 billion people worldwide live in such areas, and human mortality from rabies is estimated at 59,000 yearly deaths. In the United States, an average of three fatal human rabies cases have occurred annually since 2000, and most have been associated with bat exposure. While rabies is virtually always fatal, it can be prevented with proper wound care and prompt post-exposure prophylaxis.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis may also prevent rabies but does not replace wound care and post-exposure treatment. To gain immunity, you will need at least two doses of the Rabies vaccine, and there are two licensed, inactivated virus vaccines currently available in the United States: Human diploid cell vaccine (HDCV; Imovax Rabies) and Purified chick embryo cell vaccine (PCECV; RabAvert).
At our clinic, we provide both of the above vaccines. You can use this link to review the prices and book online.
Travel Clinic: Meningitis vaccine
It’s important to be aware of meningococcal disease, as it can cause meningitis, sepsis, and other serious conditions. The disease tends to affect young, otherwise healthy individuals and can be fatal within hours. Survivors may experience long-term complications.
Our clinic does offer the Menactra meningitis vaccine, and the doctor will discuss this with you during your visit for vaccination. For additional information on Menactra, you can also check out the CDC page.
You can review the prices and book the appointment online using this page.
Travel Clinic: Typhoid Vaccine
Vaccination against typhoid fever is important if you plan to travel to areas with a risk of exposure to S. Typhi. The oral typhoid vaccine is not recommended for individuals with immunodeficiency, acute febrile, or acute gastrointestinal illnesses. Additionally, it is usually avoided in pregnancy and individuals with chronic intestinal issues such as irritable bowel syndrome. The parenteral polysaccharide Vi vaccine is administered as an intramuscular injection, and a booster dose is recommended after two to three years. The oral typhoid vaccine is administered as a four-dose course and can be given concurrently with other live vaccines. At our clinic, we offer Vivotif oral typhoid vaccine and injectable Typhim VI typhoid vaccines.
You can check prices online and book an appointment using this page.
Travel Clinic: Polio Vaccine
Most adults in the United States were vaccinated as children and are likely to be protected from getting polio. Unless there are specific reasons to believe they were not vaccinated, most adults born and raised in the United States can assume they were vaccinated for polio. Polio vaccination has been part of the routine childhood immunization schedule in the United States for decades and is still part of the normal childhood immunization schedule.
Adults who received any childhood vaccines in the United States almost certainly were vaccinated for polio. Adults who know or suspect they are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated against polio should complete their polio vaccination series with IPV. Adults who completed their polio vaccination but are at increased risk of exposure to poliovirus may receive one lifetime IPV booster.
A single-antigen vaccine called IPOL is licensed in the U.S. for active immunization of infants (as young as six weeks), children, and adults to prevent poliomyelitis caused by poliovirus types 1, 2, and 3. We do provide the IPOL polio vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur at our clinic. Please check the CDC website for more information. You can check pricing and book online by visiting this page.
Travel Clinic: Hepatitis A vaccine
If you plan to travel to areas with a risk of exposure to hepatitis A, it is important to get vaccinated against it. The Havrix vaccine is approved for people ≥12 months of age in a 2-dose series, and we provide it at our clinic. The dosage of this vaccine is dependent on the age, so you might need to consult with the doctor to determine the correct dosage. You can check prices and book an appointment online using this link.
This is a routine vaccine that can be billed to your insurance. Please get in touch with our clinic for more information. If you are ≥18 years of age and want to get vaccinated for both hepatitis A and hepatitis B, you can consider the Twinrix vaccine, which is also approved in the United States.
Travel Clinic: Hepatitis B vaccine
Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection that can be prevented with a vaccine. The virus is spread through contact with infected blood, semen, or other bodily fluids. Symptoms of hepatitis B can include fatigue, poor appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice. While some people may only experience a short-term illness, hepatitis B can become chronic for others, leading to serious health issues like liver disease or liver cancer.
Age also plays a role in the likelihood of chronic infection, with infants and young children at higher risk. The best way to prevent hepatitis B is to get vaccinated. We offer a vaccine called Engerix B, which is recommended for all adults aged 18-59. The dosage and frequency of the vaccine depend on your age, so please consult our doctor for more information. Additionally, all adults should get screened for hepatitis B at least once in their lifetime.
This is a routine vaccine that can be billed to your insurance. You can also check our cash-pay prices or book online using this link.
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