Travel vaccinations are an important part of making sure that you are safe and healthy whenever you go on specific international trips.
Many patients however don’t fully understand why travel vaccines are necessary, the diseases they protect from, and the process on how to get an updated travel vaccine. Thankfully, we’re here to help you understand why certain vaccines are critical, how they help you, and where AFC Urgent Care Waltham fits into the picture!
So what are travel vaccines? And why should you get one before your trip?
Why you’ll need some of these common travel vaccines
Travel vaccinations are specific vaccines for travelers that are visiting a new country with diseases not common in their own country of residence. Basically, a travel vaccine prepares you to visit a country that has diseases you haven’t built up an immunity too.
For example, other parts of the world are at high risk for yellow fever and other diseases that are not as common in the United States. International travelers visiting the United States may also get their own version of travel vaccines for diseases not common in their home country.
A list of common travel vaccines as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) includes:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis E
- Yellow Fever
- Typhoid Fever
Without the adequate travel vaccines, a traveler is at a significant risk of catching any of these diseases. To plan for international trips the CDC recommends the following steps:
- Visit an urgent care center, local walk-in clinic, or similar medical provider to get your travel vaccine.
- Plan at least four weeks in advance to get an updated travel vaccination. This is enough time for your body to build up the necessary immunity for your trip.
- Always double check if you’re required to get the yellow fever vaccine. Yellow fever are some of the most common vaccines and are likely required by several countries before travel. Travelers are required to get their yellow fever vaccine 10 days before their travel date at a minimum.
Visit AFC Urgent Care Waltham to get your updated travel vaccines
AFC Urgent Care Waltham provides travel vaccines at an affordable rate with a relatively short wait time.
Patients can expect to get their updated vaccinations in a few minutes (15 minutes on average) at a lower rate than similar facilities including a doctor’s office or elsewhere. Additionally, AFC Urgent Care Waltham is equipped with a walk-in clinic so you’ll never need an appointment. Simply walk-in and get treated in just a few minutes.
Patients that want more information about travel vaccinations should call us directly or come visit us at 1030 Main Street in Waltham, MA!