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Urgent Care Travel Vaccines in Phoenix

Vaccination is an effective method of disease prevention, in which inactive viruses and antigens are injected into the body to provide immunity equivalent to already having had the disease. While vaccines for diseases now (or formerly) common in the United States are mandatory for infants and children, conveying a lifetime of immunity, it is not standard practice in the US to vaccinate for diseases that are rarely or never transmitted locally, even if they are common in other parts of the world.

The only travel vaccine that is legally required for admission into the most affected countries is the yellow fever vaccination, which is currently required in 68 countries (primarily in Latin America and Africa) to prevent this debilitating mosquito-borne illness. Certain other countries also require the poliomyelitis (polio) vaccine, but this is not generally considered a travel vaccination since it is one of the usual childhood vaccinations in the US.

However, we offer many other urgent care travel vaccines in Phoenix, for protection against other preventable diseases not routinely encountered in the US.

Hepatitis A and B: Generally recommended for travel in most of the world other than Canada, western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Strongly recommended for immunosuppressed travelers and travelers going to Russia and CIS nations. The vaccine offers lifetime protection from these diseases.

Typhoid: A moderate to severe gastrointestinal condition transmitted from unsanitary food and water. Most common in Southeast Asia, India and Central America. The vaccine is administered orally and lasts 2-5 years.

Japanese Encephalitis: A mosquito-borne inflammation of the brain, formerly common in Japan but still widespread in parts of China, Korea and Southeast Asia. The vaccine is somewhat expensive but strongly recommended for those spending time outdoors in areas susceptible to mosquito bites in these areas.

Meningococcus: Recently added to the general vaccinations in the US. However, for younger or older travelers who were not vaccinated at college age, strongly recommended for desert areas worldwide, including the Sahara, the Middle East, and Mexico.

For any of these urgent care travel vaccines in Phoenix, it is best to make an appointment to make sure we have the vaccination you need in time. It can take up to a month for immunity to take effect, and these vaccines last for years, often for life, so it is better to go sooner rather than later.

 

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