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At the Miami Travel Clinic we provide education to our patients that travel internationally in order to reduce their risk of contracting an illness while they are away from home. In many countries around the world travelers will encounter diseases from unsanitary water, parasites, insects, viruses and bacteria that are not often found in the United States. Education, Vaccinations, Immunizations and prevention are your best defense against these serious and often life threatening illnesses.

Many countries require Vaccinations and Immunizations prior to your entering the country. At the Miami Travel Clinic we can provide you with those tavel vaccinations and immunizations quickly at affordable prices.

Prevention is the key as medical care in many foreign countries can be far less than the American standards you are acustomed to, very expensive and many of these diseases can at best ruin your trip and in some cases may even be be life threatening.

Remember Immunization and Education are the keys to healthy travel!


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                    Have you scheduled a visit to the Miami Travel Medicine Clinic?

Ideally, set up one up 4 to 6 weeks before your trip.

Most vaccines take time to become effective in your body and some vaccines must be given in a series over a period of days or sometimes weeks.

If it is less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still see your doctor. You might still benefit from shots or medications and other information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while traveling.

·                            Are you aware of which types of vaccinations you or those traveling with you may need?

CDC divides vaccines for travel into three categories: routine, recommended, and required. While the doctor at the Miami Travel medicine Clinic will tell you which ones you should have, it's best to be aware of them ahead of time.

Routine Vaccinations

Be sure that you and your family are up to date on your routine vaccinations. These vaccines are necessary for protection from diseases that are still common in many parts of the world even though they rarely occur in the United States. If you are not sure which vaccinations are routine, look at the schedules below. 

Vaccines for adults include
  bullet Tetanus-Diphtheria Vaccine (all adults, every 10 years)
  bullet Influenza (Flu) Vaccine (adults 50 and older)
  bullet Pneumococcal Vaccine (adults 65 and older)
  bullet Hepatitis B Vaccine (adults at risk)
  bullet Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) Vaccine (susceptible adults)
  bullet Varicella (chickenpox) Vaccine (susceptible adults)
  bullet Vaccines for travelers (see CDC travel web site for specifics)

o                           Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule — United States, 2005-2006

The U.S. routine schedule for childhood immunizations. This schedule may need to be adjusted if a child is traveling. See separate section below.

Recommended Vaccinations

These vaccines are recommended to protect travelers from illnesses present in other parts of the world and to prevent the importation of infectious diseases across international borders. Which vaccinations you need depends on a number of factors including your destination, whether you will be spending time in rural areas, the season of the year you are traveling, your age, health status, and previous immunizations.

Search by country at the top of this page to find out which vaccinations are recommended, or see our destinations page and look up the world region you will visit.

Required Vaccinations

The only vaccine required by International Health Regulations is yellow fever vaccination for travel to certain countries in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America. Meningococcal vaccination is required by the government of Saudi Arabia for annual travel during the Hajj.



·                            Do you have altered immunocompetence due to illnesses such as diabetes or HIV?

Read Vaccine Recommendations for Travelers with Altered Immunocompetence, Including HIV in Health Information for International Travel or take a copy to your doctor.

·                            Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?

Read the Immunizations section of Pregnancy, Breast-Feeding, and Travel in Health Information for International Travel or take a copy to your doctor.

·                            Are you traveling with infants or children?

While many travel health issues for adults also apply to infants and children, they also have special needs that are to be considered when they travel. Don't forget to read about general health information for travel with infants and young children.




Date: January 12, 2006

Content Source: National Center for Infectious Diseases, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine