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International travel comes with increased risk of disease spread by humans, insects, animals, food, and water. Many diseases are easily preventable with safe, effective vaccinations and medications. Don’t let illness ruin your trip. 

Travel Immunizations

Consultation

Includes immunization history reviewcountry specific travel requirements, destination advice and vaccine recommendations.  $20                                      

 

Hepatitis A

This viral disease of the liver is a traveler’s number one health threat. It is a food and water borne disease that is transmitted through the fecal/oral route (usually passed by persons who use the bathroom and do not wash their hands). Hepatitis A occurs world-wide and we now routinely vaccinate children against Hepatitis A in the U.S. 

Two doses are required and offer a lifetime of immunity. Can be combined with Hepatitis B vaccine. $90 per dose

Hepatitis B

An infection of the liver spread by contact with blood and other body fluids. It is recommended for health care workers, persons traveling to moderate or high-risk countries, persons participating in adventure travel and those who may have unprotected sex or use I.V. drugs. If one is concerned about the quality of medical care in a destination country, the vaccine should be considered.  

Three doses are required and offer a lifetime of immunity. Can be combined with Hepatitis A vaccine. $90 per dose

Influenza (Flu)

Protection against the flu. CDC recommends flu vaccine for all travelers as flu can circulate year-round in warmer climates.  $20

Japanese Encephalitis

This mosquito borne disease is a risk to persons traveling to agricultural areas in Asia. Although it is relatively uncommon, it is potentially fatal.  $310

Meningitis

Required for pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj/Umrah. A serious bacterial infection affecting the lining of the brain, it is transmitted by exposure to respiratory secretions. The vaccine is routinely recommended for persons who live in close contact with others (dorms, military barracks), and individuals traveling to the “Meningitis belt” of sub-Saharan Africa from December to June. This vaccine is recommended approximately every five years when traveling to an area where meningitis is a concern. 

$150

Polio

Polio (poliomyelitis) is a potentially deadly, life-altering disease. The virus enters the body and attacks the brain and spinal cord, often causing paralysis. This food and water spread virus can produce paralysis. Although persons are routinely vaccinated as children, the protective benefit of the vaccine only lasts until about age 18. An adult Polio booster is recommended for those visiting endemic countries or those countries where Polio continues to be imported.  Only one dose as an adult is required. Military or government officials traveling to certain countries may need an annual booster for frequent travel.  $55

TB Testing

Tuberculosis, or TB, is a bacteria infection of, usually, the lungs. Not all people infected with TB become sick. Some will have latent TB which can become active. Signs of infection are a bad cough lasting three weeks or more, chest pain and coughing up blood or sputum. More serious symptoms include weakness, weight loss, chills and fever.

A small amount of fluid is injected into the lower arm. A healthcare worker then looks for a reaction after 48 to 72 hours. A positive result may mean active or latent TB. As-needed or regular TB testing can help keep higher risk groups health. It also provides peace of mind to those who may have been exposed.

TB test are an annual requirement for all healthcare workers. May be required for childcare professionals.

$50 for placement and reading

Typhoid

This is a bacterial infection spread through contaminated food and water. It is especially a concern in areas with sub-standard sanitation. This vaccine is recommended for many travelers, in particular for those with longer stays and travel to small cities, towns and rural areas off the usual tourist routes. Good Shots recommends this vaccine any time you travel outside of the United States. There are two types of vaccines for Typhoid; oral which offers 5 years of protection and injectable which offers 2 years of protection.

Oral $175 or Injectable $130

Yellow Card Immunization Record

Some countries require proof of vaccination, documented on the internationally recognized yellow card, during customs processing. 

$10 Issue or replacement.

Yellow Fever-COMING SOON

Transmitted by mosquitos, this viral infection can cause a deadly hemorrhagic fever. It occurs mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South America. Proof of Yellow Fever vaccination is required for entry into certain countries and for persons who have traveled through endemic countries.   

$200

Additional Travel Meds & Services

At Good Shots we do our best to meet all your needs.  If there is a service you need that you don’t see listed, contact us and we will do our best to provide it or refer you to someone who will.

Altitude Sickness Prevention Medication

Going hiking in the Himalayas or skiing in Aspen, Colorado?

Altitude sickness comes from difficulty adjusting to lower oxygen pressure at high altitude.

Most cases of altitude sickness are mild and may resolve in one to three day, but some may require oxygen and may be life-threatening. Symptoms tend to occur within hours after arrival at high altitude and include headache, nausea, shortness of breath, and inability to exercise. Good Shots can prescribe medication to prevent altitude sickness.

Diarrhea Prevention Medication

Travelers’ diarrhea is the most common illness affecting international travelers. It is caused by eating or drinking food or water contaminated by e.coli. Good Shots can prescribe medication to prevent traveler’s diarrhea.

Malaria Prevention Medication

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by parasites. Left untreated, it can lead to death. Antimalarials, or malaria pills, prevent the malaria parasite from taking root in the body. Anyone traveling to a region with malaria should consider antimalarial medication, even if you were born in a country with malaria and now live in the United States.

Motion Sickness Medication

Motion sickness can severely upset your travel plans! Motion sickness is the feeling you get when the motion you sense with your inner ear is different from the motion you visualize. The best way to prevent motion sickness is by using properly prescribed motion sickness medication before motion that could make a person feel ill starts.

Payment

Good Shots Immunizations accepts Cash, VISA, and Master Card. Travel vaccines and medicines are not covered by insurance.