Travel Immunizations

When you’re planning a big, exciting trip, it’s easy to get caught up in all of the exciting (or sometimes stressful) parts of trip planning. We’re sure you’re looking at and researching things like destinations, activities for your family, where you’re going to stay, how you’re going to get around the city, how you’re going to handle finances, what you’re going to wear, and more.

But one thing that often gets overlooked is your travel immunizations, which is another important part of trip planning that needs to be on your list. Being properly vaccinated and immunized for your trip is an important and effective way of avoiding certain infections that your immune system is not currently equipped to fight against.

Where to Get Travel Immunizations

Thankfully, you don’t have to go far to figure out where to get travel immunizations. You can get your immunizations required for travel right here at Metro Urgent Care! As a walk-in, urgent care clinic, you can stop in when it’s convenient for your schedule.

Factors That Affect Your Health Risk During Travel
There are a few important factors that can negatively impact your overall health during your travels.

  • Current health
  • History of vaccinations
  • Planned activities during your trip
  • Location of travel (e.g., rural areas, developing countries, etc.)

Some of the diseases that are not as common in the United States are still common in other countries. This is why it’s so important to get your travel immunizations: to strengthen your immune system against the diseases your immune system is not yet equipped to handle.

Be Prepared Prior to Your Trip

Before you make the final plans of your trip, make sure to visit Metro Urgent Care to consult with a medical professional about the immunizations for travel that you will need. Failing to get your travel immunizations could potentially cause you to be unable to make the trip due to regulations, let alone the possibility of getting a deadly infection your body can’t fully handle.

By consulting with medical professionals prior to your visit, you’ll at least get an idea of what other preparations you may be forgetting amidst the rush of trying to plan your trip. We recommend that you visit at least a month prior to any travel you intend to do across international borders. You’ll want to be fully up to date with all of your vaccinations prior to your travel. The country you are visiting may require proof that you have received required immunizations for travel, such as Yellow Fever vaccine.

Aside from visiting a healthcare professional, there are other ways you can prepare ahead of time:

  • Keep an eye on the food/beverages you consume; consult with various safety guides for travel.
  • Use insect repellent and learn about ways to avoid bug bites.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water (and/or use hand sanitizer that is alcohol-based).
  • Avoid touching animals (specifically birds, dogs, and monkeys). Consult with other animal related safety guides while traveling abroad.

Visit Metro Urgent Care to talk with a medical professional who can advise you on the health implications of visiting another country, as well as the various travel related vaccinations you may need prior to your trip.

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