Where to Get Travel Vaccines

Morgan Grant

Whether you’re an employer sending your employees overseas for international business or just someone planning a trip to another country, preparation is key this travel season, especially when it comes to your health. When traveling to another country, we are susceptible to diseases that are not covered during our routine vaccination appointments. Some of these diseases include Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid and Paratyphoid fever, Meningococcal disease, and Yellow Fever. That’s why travel vaccinations are so important. Read on to discover where you can receive them and more.

Where to Get Travel Vaccines

It is recommended that you begin looking for a place to get your vaccinations around eight weeks before your trip. And the best time to receive treatment and vaccinations is four to six weeks before your departure. There are a few different types of places you can receive your travel vaccines including:

  • Your local doctor’s office
  • Certain pharmacies
  • Your local health department
  • Travel and health clinics

Just remember to call ahead of time to find out if they have the vaccines that are recommended or required for your travels.

Recommended and Required Vaccines

One of the main goals of travel vaccinations is to make sure diseases from different countries are contained and do not spread to other countries. There are recommended and required vaccinations for each country. 

Recommended vaccines are vaccines you may want to consider when traveling to certain parts of different countries where you could be at an intermediate or high risk of contracting certain diseases. Risk factor can change as well depending on the season.

A required vaccine is one that is a standard requirement made by the country you are traveling to protect you from a high-risk dangerous disease such as yellow fever. Sometimes only getting the required vaccinations is alright, but it may be worth it to get the recommended as well. Tell your provider about the country you’re visiting, and the time you plan on being there, and decide together whether a recommended vaccine would be a good idea.

If you’re curious about the vaccine requirements in your vacation destination, check out this list of vaccination requirements and recommendations for international travelers.

What Employers Should Know about Travel Vaccines and Travel Health

An estimated 5.1 million U.S. citizens travel internationally for business. And only 10 percent of these travelers receive pre-travel health care. If you have a large group of employees who mostly travel for work, making sure they get the necessary vaccines is critical to your workplace’s health. In the U.S., it is estimated that travel-related illnesses cause over $650 million in lost productivity. Developing a travel health plan with a dependable provider can help protect your employees and workplace against deadly disease and illnesses.

Concentra Travel Health

For Employers

Whenever a business trip takes your employees to a foreign destination, Concentra travel health is here to provide required and recommended travel vaccinations, medications to prevent or self-treat travel-related illnesses, and customized health and safety information. Our Travel Health and Infectious Disease Medical Expert Panel will work with you to create a travel health program that meets your needs. For more information about our travel health program, please contact a Concentra Health Expert.

For Patients

If you’re a patient who needs travel vaccines, Concentra clinicians will equip you with medications to prevent or self-treat common diseases, give you required vaccinations, and provide health and safety advice to ensure you stay healthy during your travels.

To schedule an appointment at a Concentra travel clinic location, contact us at 888-711-2974 Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. Make sure to bring:

  • Your patient intake forms
  • Your vaccination history
  • A list of your current medications
  • Your travel itinerary