1. Why should I go to Travelwise Vaccination Services instead of my primary care physician?
Dr. Carla Blieden, our travel expert pharmacist, has extensive training through the USC School of Pharmacy in travel medicine and can prescribe the vaccinations and medications necessary for your trip. We have access to databases that your general physician likely does not, and we we are able to provide concise, yet in-depth, information tailored to your itinerary and medical history. We have all vaccinations in stock and we are a California Certified Yellow Fever Vaccination Center. Often times physicians do not carry vaccinations related to travel.
2. What does a travel consultation consist of?
The travel consultation is a customized counseling session that will cover disease risk specifically for your destination country, including discussion on recommended and required vaccinations and medications. Your itinerary, medical history and other special needs are all taken into account, and we are adamant about only recommending for you vaccinations that are necessary. You will leave the pharmacy immunized, with your immunization card in hand, as well as a personalized travel booklet to bring with you on your trip.
3. I’ve traveled a lot, do I need to have a travel consultation?
Yes. It is our policy that all travellers coming in for vaccinations receive a personalized consultation. Travel to different countries is different, and so are the diseases that can be encountered. It’s very important to know the best ways to mitigate this risk.
4. When should I schedule my appointment?
Appointment should ideally be scheduled 4-6 weeks before your departure to ensure adequate time between when you are vaccinated and when you leave. However, even if you are leaving in a few days, a visit with a travel medicine expert will be beneficial in helping you to minimize risk associated with travel, and some vaccinations can still be administered.
5. How long will my appointment take?
We ask that you put aside at least one hour for your consultation and immunization administration.
6. How do I make an appointment?
Email me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fill out the contact information on the contact link.
7. What should I bring with me to my travel appointment?
Please bring along your previous immunization records if you have them, your travel itinerary, and anything else you think will be relevant to your travel consultation session.
8. Do you take medical insurance?
The majority of insurance plans do not cover travel consultations or travel vaccinations. Some of the prescription medications that are prescribed will be covered depending of your specific prescription insurance plan. We ask that you submit your receipts for all vaccinations received to your medical insurance for reimbursement if covered.
9. What documentation will vaccinated travelers be provided with?
A certificate of immunization is provided at every visit. For those receiving yellow fever vaccination, an international certificate of immunization will be issued.
10. What vaccinations do you provide?
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Twinrix (Hep A/B combination), HPV, Immunoglobulin (IGIM), Japanesencehalitis, Meningitis, MMR, Pneumococcal, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus/diphtheria +/- pertussis, Typhoid, Seasonal influenza, Shingles, Varicella, Yellow Fever.
11. What are the common side effects I can expect after receiving vaccinations?
The most common side effect from vaccinations is pain, redness and swelling at the site of injection. Some patients will feel “under the weather” for a day or two after receiving vaccinations. In rare cases, anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) can occur.
12. Do you offer group consultations?
Absolutely! We offer a 15% discounted consultation fee for group consultations (2 or more people).
13. Do I need a prescription from my doctor?
No, all prescriptions for vaccinations and travel related medications will be written here at the pharmacy.
14. I’ll be traveling with young children, what do I need to know regarding vaccinations and how to prevent and treat illness?
We make every effort to confirm that your children’s vaccinations are up-to-date, and to ensure that there are no contraindications to any travel specific CDC recommended vaccinations. We also spend time educating parents so that if their children become ill while abroad they know what to do and how to treat illness.
15. I’m a little older and I take multiple medications, how can I be sure that the vaccinations and medications you prescribe will be safe?
Prior to your appointment, Dr. Blieden will look over your current medications and health concerns and ensure that there are no drug interactions or precautions against any vaccinations or medications that might be prescribed.