Making a Travel Visit Appointment
At SHAC, it is our goal to help provide you with information about how to stay safe on your trip abroad, and provide advice, immunizations recommendations, and in some cases specialized medications.
We recommend that you should schedule an appointment well in advance of your trip, ideally 6-8 weeks prior to travel. It is important to plan ahead because some vaccines may take up to a month to become fully effective, and others require a series of injections.
Immunizations and any prescriptions you receive will be based on your itinerary, planned activities, and any medical conditions you may have. We will also advise you about ways to decrease risk of infection from food, water, and insects depending on where you travel.
A copy of your previous immunization history is required for your travel appointment at SHAC. Documentation of immunization dates can be found at your doctor's office or previous schools you have attended. Serologic proof of immunity for measles, mumps, rubella, Hep A, Hep B, and varicella can be done but this test is not covered by health insurance. You will be solely responsible for the cost of the test. Immunizations and/or medications for travel may not be covered by your insurance and it is your responsibility to contact your individual insurance for coverage benefits.
Again, we require that you bring your previous immunization record to your travel visit. If you do not bring this documentation your appointment will be rescheduled and a $25 charge will be incurred. We also require that when you schedule your appointment, you give us detailed information about which countries you will travel to and how long you will be in each area.
Must-haves for your SHAC appointment:
- A complete copy of your immunization history
- Any Titer blood tests done to prove immunity
- Scheduled your appointment 6-8 weeks prior to travel
- A complete list of where you are traveling to and through