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Did you know that you may need vaccines for your next trip out of the United States?

January 05, 2018

One of the last things you may consider when you are about to go on a big trip is “Do I need any vaccinations?”

Most are surprised to find that depending on your destination the answer may be “yes.” This is where the Boston Medical Center Travel Clinic comes in. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, a visit to the Travel Clinic can help prevent the contraction of many diseases. And, many people will be surprised to know that even if they are returning to their home country for a visit, they still require inoculation from diseases present in said country.

At the Travel Clinic, our team provides a patient-centered, culturally conscious, and individualized approach to care and offers expert regional-specific travel consultation due to their experience caring for a diverse array of patients and working in a variety of resource-limited settings around the world and provides services for both adult and pediatric patients.

The BMC Travel Clinic is a one-stop shop for your international vaccination travel needs. Unlike many primary care physicians, the Clinic maintains an inventory of travel vaccines to prevent various regional diseases. The vaccines needed depend on where and when you are travelling, your past vaccination history and your health history. At your appointment, the provider will review your vaccine history, update any immunizations that are not current, and provide any vaccinations and medication you need prior to travel.

Ideally, you should schedule your appointment to take place 4 to 6 weeks before you travel. While it is possible to receive most of the vaccines within 2 to 4 weeks of your trip, a few vaccines require you to get multiple doses within a 4 week span. With that in mind, scheduling your appointment well in advance of your trip is the best course of action when it comes to your health and travel needs.

For more information please contact the clinic at 617.414.4290 for adult appointments and 617.414.4841 for pediatric appointments.