Depending on where you are going, you may need multiple vaccinations or booster shots. Which vaccinations are recommended are determined by your vaccination and health history and the requirements of your destination. Some countries recommend that visitors get particular vaccinations while others require them as a condition of entry. We will provide you with all the documentation that you need.
You may also need prescriptions for antibiotics, malaria prophylaxis or altitude sickness.
All of the medications we prescribe are available at our pharmacy just down the hall. The pharmacy also stocks over-the-counter medicine and other products you may need such as bug repellent, sunscreen and rehydration salts.
We currently do not have vaccines for yellow fever. To find locations that have an alternative vaccination, visit the CDC website here.
We provide a comprehensive list of vaccines including:
- Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A is a virus that affects the liver and is aquired by consuming contaminated food or water. A vaccine is recommended if traveling to most developing countries. This vaccine shoul dideally be given at least 2 weeks prior to travel. This vaccine can be given to children under one years old.
- Hepatitis B
This form of hepatitis also affects the liver. The immunization requires three injections with the 2nd and 3rd dose given one month and 6 months after the first shot.This schedule may change depending on your risk of acquiring Hepatitis B during travel.
- Japanese Encephalitis
JE is a mosquito-borne viral infection that affects the brain. It occurs in certain parts of rural Asia during certain times of the year. If you are traveling near rice paddies and pig farms for longer than 3-4 weeks are at the highest risk. Most short-term travelers going to major cities in Asia are not at risk. This vaccine is approved for persons two months and older.The vaccine is given in a two shot series, each given 28 days apart.
Measles is a highly contagious viral infection spread by coughing or sneezing. Most individuals are giving the immunization regardless of risk.
Polio is a viral infection that can cause permanent neurologic damage. Polio is still present in some developing countries such as Nigeria and Pakistan. Most people in the U.S. have received a primary series of polio vaccine during childhood and ill require only a booster injection if traveling ot an area where polio remains a risk.
Rabies is transmitted by a bite from an infected animal. Rabies is most common in dogs, monkeys and bates in developing countries. Ask your physician if they recommend the pre-exposure rabies series.
Most people have a primary immunization against tetanus. Boosters are recommended every 5-10 years.
Typhoid fever is a series bacterial illness acquired by consuming contaminated food and water. There are currently two vaccines for the prevention of typhoid fever. Ask your physician which may be best for you.
- Yellow Fever- Tufts MC can no longer provide the yellow fever vaccination to travelers at this time. The nationwide shortage is expected to be resolved by mid 2018.
Yellow fever is a severe and potentially fatal mosquito-borne viral illness common in parts of Africa and South America. After the first vaccine, protection is likely lifelong. Generally, people who should not receive this vaccine include those who have an egg allergy, an altered immune system, are pregnant or are less than 9 months of age.
To find where an alternative vaccine is offered, visit the CDC web page for a list of locations.