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Travel Vaccinations

We provide comprehensive travel medicine consultations including travel vaccinations and travel medicine, safety and survival tips, emergency and first aid kits and more. We will help you be prepared and protected during your trip.

Our physicians are trained and prepared to provide you with travel health preparations to Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia, Antarctica, Russia, Mexico and more. Our physicians provide you their travel recommendations based on sound research on the risks present at your destination.

Our travel clinic will discuss with you the appropriate and necessary measures needed for your specific travel arrangements and destinations. Some of the travel vaccinations and medications that our travel health doctors use to protect against illnesses and diseases include, Hepatitis A vaccination, Hepatitis B vaccination, Typhoid vaccine, Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis, Meningitis, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Rabies, Polio, Shingles, Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis. We do not administer Yellow Fever Vaccinations but will assess if your travel requires it and schedule you to obtain it from one of our affiliate clinics.

You should plan ahead. It is a great idea to start some of your immunizations about 2 months ahead of your trip as some of them take time to complete. Other shots such as Hepatitis A can be administered close to your departure.

What travel vaccinations do I need for my trip?

Travel vaccinations needed are dependent on your vaccination history, place of travel, duration of travel, chronic illnesses, age, risk factors associated with your trip, exposure to certain bugs and mosquitoes and more.  Our travel medicine doctors will go over your medical history, travel destinations and other risk factors associated with your trip and help guide you prepare for your travel.

Vaccinations and medications provided at our clinic

Immune globulin
Malaria prophylactic medications
Pneumonia vaccine
Shingles vaccine
Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis vaccine

Factors that can affect your travel, and your travel health?

Many factors play a role in your travel health and travel. Some of the factors that are considered are you age, travelling with children, medical conditions, travel destination, exposure to certain illnesses and diseases that you may encounter and more.

Pre-Travel Physical Examination

It is not fun getting sick while travelling and often times access to good quality medical care may be lacking at your travel destination. Our program offers a full comprehensive physical examination with in house blood work to ensure that you are at your optimal health prior to your travel. Some of the medications that are readily found in the U.S.A can be unavailable at your destination and thus it is important to have your medications refilled and have enough of your daily medications to last you for the duration of your travel.

Our pre-travel physical examination can assess cardiac health, pulmonary health, bone health, gi health, vitamin and hormone levels and more prior to your travel.

Traveler Health Education

There are certain precautions that can help make your travel safer and limit your risk of acquiring certain illnesses. Below is a short list of habits that can help make your travel safer.

Safe eating while traveling

Eat food that is fully cooked and served hot and has not been sitting out for a long time
Make sure that the fruits and vegetables you eat are fully washed and clean
Make sure that dairy products are pasteurized
Avoid eating foods from street vendors
Avoid eating foods that are raw and soft cooked. An example of such would be runny eggs
Avoid eating raw meats and fish or meats that are undercooked
Avoid “Bushmeat” or “Wild Game”

Safe drinking while traveling

Drink bottled and sealed water, sodas and other beverages
If possible boil the water that you drink
Avoid unpasteurized products
Avoid drinking tap water, fountain drinks or well water
Avoid drinking ice that has been made from tap water or well water
Avoid unpasteurized milk or dairy products
Avoid swimming or bathing in unclean water that can make you sick if swallowed

Avoiding Bug Bites while travelling

Use protection such as repellents that contain at least 20% of DEET to protect against bites from mosquitoes and ticks. A repellent that contains an ample amount of DEET includes the popular “OFF” repellent.
Products that contain Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or PMD or IR3535 can also be helpful in repelling insect, mosquitoes and ticks.
Clothing that is treated with permethrin can be helpful in repelling insect, mosquitoes and tick bites. Note that permethrin should not be used directly on the skin.
Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats and boots to cover more areas of your skin.
Sleep in screened and covered areas as possible.
Bed nets can help protect your sleeping area.
Tuck in your shirt, pants, socks and when possible wear closed shoes.
Avoid wearing sandals in areas where bites are common.
Inspect sleeping areas, mattresses, box springs, bedding and furniture for insects and bed bugs.
Keep your suitcase closed when not in used.
Make sure you inspect your clothes before wearing them and placing them back into your suitcase.

Safe driving while traveling

Obtain road maps of the area where you are traveling
Avoid driving at night in a developing country
Always wear seatbelts
Make sure your children are in car seats
Avoid unknown terrain
Avoid overcrowded and unregulated areas

Airport and Air Travel Security Tips While Travelling

Do not leave your baggage unattended
Make sure all luggage and carry-on have a name tag attached to it
Make sure you bring a government issued identification card or passport
Do not bring knives of any size or any items that may be considered a threat
Before arriving to the airport call or check online with your airline the status of your flight
Arrange to check in 2 hours before domestic flight and as early as 5 hours prior to international fligh
Follow all security instructions and get ready to take out any metals out of your pockets
Once on board get ready to store away all electronics for take off
Make sure to securely fasten your seatbelt at all times that the fasten seatbelt sign is on
Listen to the instructions of the flight crew as they are there to take care of your safety and comfort

Purchasing Travel Insurance while Travelling

You might like to consider purchasing travel insurance while on your trip to protect yourself unforeseen medical costs and personal costs associated with lost or stolen belongings.
Travel insurance can cover trip cancellation or changes which aid in recovering money if you need to cancel your plans.
Having travel insurance will help cover your costs in case of a medical emergency or the need for health care while oversees.
There are many travel insurance companies to choose from. Make sure to pick one that encompasses all the unexpected events while travelling to ensure having all unforeseen costs covered.
Written by Dr. David Nazarian, M.D.
Concierge Medicine Specialist and Director of My Concierge MD in Los Angeles

Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Specialist in Concierge Medicine & Executive Health. Dr. Nazarian practices Integrative Medicine with focus on preventative medicine, anti-aging, hormone replacement therapy and IV Vitamin optimizations. Dr. David Nazarian, received his bachelor of sceinces from the University of Los Angeles, California in Psychology and Biology. He obtained his Medical Doctorate degree from Sackler School of Medicine. He completed his medical residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital, a University of Southern California affiliate hospital. Once completed, he established a practice in the heart of Beverly Hills

Dr. Nazarian is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has received numerous awards and recognition as a top doctor in his field. “I am passionate about delivering the highest level of care to my patients, and highly value the trust placed in me by my patients and their families.” Dr. Nazarian, Founder, My Concierge MD.