Traveling to a new place outside of the country is one of the most exciting adventures. Planning the trip’s activities, booking air travel, and finding suitable accommodations are all a big part of planning the trip. However, one crucially important planning component is ensuring you have all of the proper travel vaccinations necessary for entry into your vacation destination. In addition, there may be some travel vaccinations you’ll want to get for precautionary reasons even if they are not required for entry.
Plan Your Travel Vaccinations Early
If you have decided to take a vacation somewhere, plan in advance! You should plan on getting to the doctor for a pre-travel physical examination at least four to six weeks before your intended travel departure date. This is because some of the travel vaccinations you will be getting will need some time to kick in (at least four weeks). A pre-travel physical examination will determine a few things that are important for your upcoming trip. First, your medical provider will be able to provide you with the information you need regarding which vaccinations to get and when, in addition to which are mandatory and which are optional. Second, the examination will examine your overall health to be sure you are healthy enough to travel to your intended destination.
This is also a good time to get the prescriptions you need. Be sure to get enough to last you well into your trip so that you do not run out of any of your regularly prescribed medications, or medications you may need while you are in your destination country. Be sure to get all of your prescriptions filled well in advance before you travel in addition to a doctor’s note for why you have the medications you are travelling with. Certain countries may examine your medications before they permit you to enter.
Educate Yourself on Your Destination
Even though your doctor will provide you with information about your overall health, it’s important to do your own research and educate yourself to be fully informed. Depending on where you are going, you will want to find out more information about the following:
- Eating safely while traveling
- Drinking safely while traveling
- Steps to prevent bug bites or issues with any common pests (mosquitos, spiders, etc.);
- Transportation methods (driving, taxies, public transportation, etc.);
- Navigating your destination’s airport and security; and
- Information about travel insurance.
Travel Vaccinations with My Concierge MD
My Concierge MD in Beverly Hills provides comprehensive travel support to patients no matter where they need to go. Setting up a pre-travel visit is simple and easy with My Concierge MD. At the appointment, you will discuss the appropriate and necessary measures needed for your specific travel arrangements based on your destination. Some of the potential travel vaccinations you may need include:
- Hepatitis A and B Vaccinations
- Typhoid Vaccination
- Japanese Encephalitis
It is important to note that this list is not meant to scare you. These are important steps to ensure your safety when you travel to your destination. Your doctor will fully inform you of any side effects and the reasons why you need them.
Dr. Nazarian and My Concierge MD
Traveling to new places and experiencing new cultures is one of the most exciting times in one’s life. Be sure to be fully prepared so you can have peace of mind as you take your next journey. Choosing My Concierge MD is a great choice for ensuring all of your pre-travel needs will be met. Dr. Nazarian and his team are well-equipped to provide you with the pre-travel services and travel vaccinations you’ll need. Dr. Nazarian is board-certified in internal medicine and practices integrative medicine in Beverly Hills. He aims to provide each patient with the best care specialized to their unique needs.