Travel Medicine Specialist

Texas Medical Home

Family Medicine Physicians located in Richardson, TX

When you’re getting ready to travel abroad, it’s important to get your travel vaccinations well beforehand. You may also need certain injections if you’re traveling domestically or to neighboring countries. As an established family medicine doctor, Antoine Albert, MD, and his team can help you determine which immunizations you may need for your upcoming travels. Book your travel exam at Texas Medical Home in Richardson, Texas, by calling the clinic or booking online.

Travel Medicine Q & A

Do I really need immunizations before going overseas?

Yes. Anytime you travel to another country, you’re at risk of exposure to new bacteria and illnesses that your immune system may not be able to fight since the infections aren’t as common in the United States. It might also be necessary for you to get new shots before traveling if you:

  • Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
  • Have a compromised immune system
  • Are elderly or are a young child
  • Are behind on routine vaccines
  • Have chronic conditions, including diabetes

Travel vaccinations aren’t just essential to keep you healthy, they’re also required in some cases — and you need proof. Without the shots, you risk getting sick and bringing rare, foreign illnesses back into the United States.

Which vaccinations do I need before I travel?

Which vaccinations you need depends on where you’re going, for how long, and what you’re going to be doing. It’s best to ensure you’re caught up on routine immunizations, including tetanus, pertussis, and flu. Some of the most common additional types of travel vaccinations include:

  • Meningococcal
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Typhoid fever
  • Rabies

As a travel health specialist, Dr. Albert can put together a custom vaccination package based on your specific travel plans and medical history.

How early do I need travel vaccines?

It takes anywhere from four to six weeks for vaccinations to take effect. Because some types of immunizations may require a series of injections or boosters over several visits to build your immunity, it’s important to schedule a pre-travel examination with Dr. Albert as soon as you book your trip.

Make sure you take your travel itinerary to your exam with you, especially if you’re planning an outdoors trip or are visiting multiple countries. Your vaccination requirements might be different if you’re staying at a five-star hotel versus climbing a mountain or backpacking.

Before you travel, schedule an appointment to get a thorough health exam and your required vaccines at Texas Medical Home. Book by calling the clinic or by using the online scheduling tool.