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International Travel Health Consults

Travel Medicine Services at MDA located in Westfield, New Jersey offer travel consultations, travel immunizations and medications to help protect you while traveling internationally. At MDA Travel Medicine, our goal is to help you stay healthy and safe while you're traveling or living overseas.

It is important to consult with a travel health specialist concerning travel immunizations that may be recommended for your destination and planned activities. It is important to realize that the health and sanitation conditions in the country you are visiting are not the same as in the U.S.

The idea behind a vaccine or immunization is to expose your body's system to the disease after it has been rendered harmless. By doing so, the body can build up its own natural protection so that if it encounters the virus, the body will be "immune" to its effects. This immunization effect takes time, so it is a good idea to give your body at least a month head start to condition itself before traveling.

Routine Immunizations for travel

MDA recommends that all travelers be up-to-date on routine immunizations, regardless of travel plans. Outbreaks of measles, polio, and pertussis have occurred in developing countries where populations were inadequately immunized, and vulnerable visitors have been infected with travel-acquired measles and poliovirus infections. There have now even been outbreaks of measles and pertussis in the U.S.

The primary series of tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, MMR and polio vaccines is customarily given in childhood. Most Americans over the age of 20 have not updated their tetanus/diphtheria immunizations at the recommended 10-year interval. Although polio boosters are not routinely given in North America, they are recommended before travel to known polio endemic and developing areas.

Required Travel Vaccines

According to World Health Organization (WHO) requirements, the yellow fever vaccine is the only immunization that may be required for entry into certain countries. Even when it is not required, yellow fever vaccine may be highly recommended for persons traveling to countries within endemic areas of yellow fever. The vaccine is highly effective at preventing the disease.

A meningococcal vaccine is required who those who travel to the annual pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj). Those travelers must be vaccinated at least 10 days before arriving to Saudi Arabia.

Your immunizations should be documented in an International Certificate of Vaccination (Yellow Card). It is a good idea to keep this Certificate with your passport so you don't misplace it. It is recognized internationally and may be required before entry to certain countries.

Contact Us

Travel Medicine specialists see healthy people who plan to travel to foreign countries or locations where infection risk is higher. In these cases, infectious disease doctors can help you determine whether special immunizations or other preventive measures are necessary for your travel destination.

Call one of our convenient locations to make an appointment, and get the immunizations you need to protect your health. Although vaccine preventable disease levels are at or near record lows, many adolescents and adults are under immunized, missing opportunities to protect themselves against diseases such as Hepatitis A, meningitis, and shingles.

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525 Central Avenue, Suite C, Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: (908) 233-0895 •   Fax: (908) 389-1933
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