Keeping Kids Healthy During International Travel
When you travel outside of the United States, it is very important to be sure that your child is properly immunized, both with vaccines routinely given during well child exams and with vaccines needed when visiting a specific country or region. There may also be medicines recommended for the country you are visiting. Preparing for travel means planning to minimize the chance of acquiring illness from food and water, insects (such as mosquitoes) and animals (dog bites frequently expose travelers to rabies abroad). This should be accomplished 6 -8 weeks prior to your departure.
Pediatric Associates of Richmond recommends an international travel consultation either at our offices (by Dr. Weber or Kristin Flohre, CPNP), or one of the area travel clinics for these services, especially if the itinerary is complex. Some vaccines, such as yellow fever vaccine and Japanese encephalitis vaccine can only be given in consultation with and by travel specialists. Often, recommendations vary by country, altitude, rural versus urban locale, and even by time of year.
Please request a copy of your child’s immunizations to carry with you for this visit. Also, please bring us a copy of any immunizations your child receives from a travel clinic so that we may add them to your child’s chart.
Travel Clinics in Richmond Offering Vaccinations for International Travel
Pediatric Associates of Richmond
2024 Staples Mill Road
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital Occupational Health Center
Foreign Travel Clinic
7700 East Parham Road
Parham and I-64
2205 North Parham Road
(804) 270-2150 (receptionist #0)
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday – Friday (flat fee plus cost of vaccines).
Publix Nuckols Place
5400 Wyndham Forest Drive
VCU Travel Clinic
Ambulatory Care Building (Corner of 11th and Clay Streets)
417 North Clay Street, (804) 828-4515.
Most appointments are for Friday mornings, but they will work with the patient (flat fee plus cost of vaccines)
Walgreens Short Pump
11500 West Broad Street
Online Resources about Health and Vaccinations for International Travel
CDC Health Information for International Travel Yellow Book