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Travel VaccinationsNew York, NY

Travel vaccinations protect patients from health risks when traveling abroad. Finding a knowledgeable doctor to help plan your vaccinations is important. This way, you can have peace of mind and protect your health and the health of others when you travel.

Dr. Marina Gafanovich offers travel vaccinations in Manhattan and the surrounding area. Our knowledgeable staff will help you be ready for your trip. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 212-548-3263 today.

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What are Travel Vaccinations

Traveling abroad can be exciting but requires planning and safety precautions. An important part of these efforts is getting the right travel vaccinations, also known as travel immunizations. These are a set of vaccinations travelers are required or recommended to get before they go abroad. Their purpose is to protect the traveler from contracting diseases abroad, spreading them, or bringing them back home. Travel vaccinations are vital to protecting oneself and others when traveling outside the country.

Planning is crucial when it comes to travel vaccinations. For many reasons, Dr. Gafanovich recommends patients start the process several months in advance. Chief among these reasons to start early is that vaccines take time to get into a person’s system and start working. Also, some vaccines may require multiple shots up to a month apart. In addition, patients may need referrals to other physicians for certain vaccinations.

Common Travel Vaccines

Each patient's situation will vary. A patient's vaccination needs will depend on factors such as their health, age, where they are traveling, and how long they will be abroad. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), commonly needed first time vaccines and boosters include:

  • COVID-19
  • Chickenpox
  • Cholera
  • Flu (Influenza)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Shingles
  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow fever

Some more rare vaccines, such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, and Yellow Fever are not available through our office. However, Dr. Gafanovich can refer you to a provider specializing in these vaccinations.

How the Process Works

To help protect a patient's health while traveling, Dr. Gafanovich will take the time to review a patient's health history. First, she wants to ensure the patient is up to date on their routine vaccines before discussing travel vaccines. Next, she will discuss with the patient where they are traveling, how long, and the nature of their travel. She will determine what vaccines are required and recommended based on these travel factors and the patient's age (there are additional requirements for children and elderly), pregnancy status, and whether or not a patient is immune compromised.

Planning Ahead and Things to Consider

The doctor recommends starting the process six months before departure. This allows ample time to receive all vaccines, including ones that require a referral to another physician. The patient should be ready to discuss all relevant health information, including current conditions, health status, vaccination history, and medications they are taking.

In addition to standard health information, there are important details about the patient's travel plans they should discuss with the doctor. Details that can affect a person's risk of disease and the vaccines they need include:

  • Activities planned
  • Diet while traveling
  • Lodging (hotel, hostel, or camping)
  • Modes of transportaion
  • Will they be in urban or rural areas
  • Season the patient is traveling

Staying Healthy While You travel

The doctor will also discuss with the patient additional steps they can take when they travel to stay safe and well. The advice each patient gets will depend on their situation and where they are going. Common suggestions include planning ways to protect against insect bites when traveling in countries where insect-borne diseases are prevalent. In addition, it is important to understand which foods are safe to eat. Also, in most cases, drinking water should be either bottled or boiled.

Some advice for healthy travel is universal. Handwashing is always a must. Some healthcare providers suggest using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It is also a good idea to avoid touching one's face and mouth frequently since this is a major way pathogens enter the body.

Schedule a Visit Today

Travel vaccinations are available at our Upper East Side Manhattan office. Dr. Marina Gafanovich will ensure you have all the vaccinations you need for your trip. Call our office at 212-548-3263 to learn more or schedule an appointment.

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Marina Gafanovich, MD is located at
1550 York Ave Ste A
New York, NY 10028

(212) 548-3263