Planning to travel in the near future? Make sure to research your travel destination to determine what kind of testing or immunizations may be required before you go.

Many routine immunizations and boosters are available on a walk-in basis at all Patient First urgent care centers. We advise that you get your international travel immunizations at least two weeks prior to your scheduled departure to allow enough time for the vaccine(s) to become effective and, in the unlikely event of an adverse or allergic reaction to the vaccine(s), to allow time for further evaluation and treatment. Several Patient First centers are classified as travel immunization centers that carry and administer immunizations commonly needed for international travel. Patient First does not administer vaccines at every location due to a short shelf life and infrequent demand; however, you will find there is at least one Patient First travel immunization center in your area.

So which vaccines and tests are common for travel? We’ve got the list:

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination

For some countries, COVID-19 testing is required for travel. This means that you will need to plan well in advance of departure or return as test result turnaround times can take 2 to 4 days. In addition, you should also be aware that the Rapid Antigen Test is not appropriate for travel. Patients who wish to travel in most cases must have the PCR COVID-19 test. This test is highly accurate for both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. If being vaccinated, be aware that several versions of the COVID-19 vaccine exist. One requires a single dose, one requires a booster shot in twenty-one days and another requires a booster shot in twenty-eight days. All three are proven to be effective within two weeks after vaccination.

TET/DIP (Tetanus/Diphtheria Vaccine)

The initial Tetanus vaccine is a series of three shots, usually given in childhood. After the initial doses, the tetanus shot should be updated every 10 years.

TYPHIM VI (Typhoid Vaccine)

Provided by injection, this vaccine should be repeated every 2 years if needed due to continued travel. As with many vaccines, this vaccine can take up to two weeks to become effective, and you should plan accordingly before you travel. This vaccine is also not recommended for children under the age of 2.

VARIVAX (Varicella Vaccine)

The varivax vaccine provides long-lasting protection against the virus that causes chicken pox, and is also a two-shot series, given at least a month apart. This vaccine is required for some international travel where this virus is more common. This is also commonly given to young children during their routine childhood immunizations.

Shingrix or Zostavax

This vaccine protects against shingles, and is recommended for those who are over the age of 50, and not recommended for children. It is also a series of two shots, given at least two months apart.

Yellow Fever

Unfortunately, due to the current shortage of the yellow fever vaccine, Patient First is currently unable to provide this vaccination. However, if your travels require a yellow fever vaccination, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website to find nearby locations where it is provided. So in addition to getting the necessary vaccination that could be required, what other topics are important for international travel preparation? You should be familiar with any laws or regulations in the country or area you plan to travel.

  • Be familiar with any COVID-19 restrictions in the area you plan to travel. These regulations and restrictions are constantly changing, and its best to be up to date so you don’t come across any issues during your travel process.
  • Visit the CDC’s Website – The CDC’s website offers information on any vaccines you may need for the area of your travel.
  • Visit your health care provider – speak with your physician about your current health status and any health concerns you may face while traveling.
  • Visit the U.S. Department of State Website – Check for any travel advisories in the area you plan to travel

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