If you’ll be traveling outside the United States soon, Berkley Pharmacy's International Travel Clinic will help you take the right preventive measures before you depart on your trip abroad. We can provide you with all immunizations and prescription refills for your journey.
Typical Travel Vaccinations:
There are 2 types of vaccines available:
Oral: 4 doses to be taken every other day and lasts for 5 years
Injection: Given as one shot and lasts for 2-3 years. Vaccination should be completed 1 week prior to travel.
One of the most frequent vaccine-preventable diseases for travelers going to developing countries. The first dose should be completed at least 4 weeks prior to travel.
Proof of immunization may be required for some areas of travel. The vaccination should be completed at least 10 days before travel or within the last 10 years for validation. A booster shot is recommended every 10 years.
Cases are rare and vaccination is advised for travelers going to the African “meningitis belt” during December to June. It is also recommended for travelers who are without spleens and college students entering high-risk areas. The injection is given 1-2 weeks before travel. A booster is recommended every 3-5 years.
Recommended for travelers going to high-risk areas. The injection is given as 3 doses on days 0, 7, 21 or 28. The vaccination must be finished 1 month before starting any malaria prophylaxis. A booster is recommended every 2 years.
Due to high risk of side effects, immunization is reserved for backpackers or bike riders traveling for greater than 30 days into agricultural areas of Asia. You will need to stay in the U.S. for 10 days after completion of last dose to monitor for side effects.
Influenza, Pneumococcal, Tetanus: Depending on the time of year, health status, and history of immunizations, vaccines such as influenza, pneumococcal, or tetanus may be appropriate before travel.
Typical Travel Medications:
When traveling to an area where there is a risk of malaria, it is important to take medicine to prevent this disease. The medicine chosen depends on factors such as the area/country of travel and your current medical conditions. All medicines are started before travel and continued after return.
When traveling to certain foreign countries, there is an increased risk of diarrhea due to poor water quality and food handling. Although traveler’s diarrhea usually resolves on its own, antibiotics may be necessary in some situations.
MOTION SICKNESS PREVENTION
This anti-nausea medicine comes in the form of a patch. The patch is worn behind the ear, and lasts for up to 3 days. Other motion sickness medicines can be discussed with your pharmacist.
ALTITUDE SICKNESS PREVENTION
The symptoms of altitude illness are a result of ascending to high altitude more rapidly than the body can adjust to reduced atmospheric pressure, resulting in decreased oxygen delivery to the body’s cells. There is medicine that can be used to alleviate the symptoms of altitude sickness.
An Epi-Pen® is available for those with a history of anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction marked by swelling of the throat or tongue, hives and trouble breathing.
*For information specific to your destination, please visit the CDC Travel Page.