International travel may expand your limits and broaden your horizons, but it can also increase your chances of contracting a serious infectious disease that is rarely seen back home. If you’re planning to head anywhere overseas, the immunization specialists at Calvary Urgent Care can help — their walk-in clinic in Humble, Texas, offers a full scope of travel vaccines for travelers in the greater Houston area. Call the office today to schedule an appointment, or use the online booking tool at your convenience.
Vaccines, or immunizations, help fortify your immune system against specific infectious diseases, many of which can be serious or even life-threatening. Travel vaccines help you build immunity against preventable illnesses that don’t always exist where you live but may be prevalent where you’re going.
Every vaccine, whether it’s administered in a single dose or a series of precisely timed doses, exposes your immune system to a very small, safe level of weak or dead viral or bacterial material. This exposure helps your body develop the mechanisms it needs to successfully defend itself when it comes in contact with those disease-causing germs. Once you’ve been vaccinated against a specific illness, your immune system knows how to recognize and attack the infection upon exposure.
Not all international destinations require you to get specific travel vaccines. If you’re going to the United Kingdom (UK), for example, you may just need to make sure you’re current on all adult-recommended vaccines, including your annual flu shot and the Tdap vaccination, which covers tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.
If you’re going to certain parts of Africa, however, you may need to be vaccinated against yellow fever, cholera, or typhoid fever.
Based on where you’re going, how long you’ll be there, and which vaccinations you may have already received, the team at Calvary Urgent Care can help you determine which vaccines you need to protect against preventable diseases in that area of the world.
Although most country-specific or region-specific travel vaccination recommendations stay the same over time, additional vaccines may be added when a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak occurs.
Recommendations for travel immunization are developed and constantly updated by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). You can check the most current vaccine recommendations for your destination on the travel website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The travel medicine experts at Calvary Urgent Care can help you determine which vaccines and prophylactic treatments you need for your upcoming trip. They offer a full scope of on-site immunizations, most of which are available on a walk-in basis any day of the week:
They can also provide pre-travel preventive medications to help protect you from serious infections like malaria, for which no vaccine is currently available. To learn more, call Calvary Urgent Care or book online today.