When should I schedule the visit?
We generally recommend travellers initiate the vaccination and immunization process six weeks prior to departure in order to allow adequate time. If you’ve just booked a spontaneous trip, however, we do offer last-minute travel support. To build immunity, we recommend receiving your recommended vaccinations and immunization at least two weeks before your trip.
What travel vaccines do I need?
Travel vaccines are not as simple as the preventive health vaccination schedule where it’s the same for everyone. What you need depends on your itinerary, medical history, life and travelling style. The same destination does not imply the same recommendations as the backpacker will face different situations than say a traveller staying in four-star accommodations. That’s where we will guide through the maze and can provide all travel and routine vaccines.
How much does the travel health service cost?
Our services are priced similarly to most travel clinics, starting with a $50 consultation fee. This fee allows our medical staff to research your specific itinerary and determine the proper vaccinations required for immunization and prescribe necessary medications for your travels.
If you are a new patient, you’ll need to schedule a standard visit to establish care. During your appointment, you’ll meet with a provider and receive any necessary vaccinations. Since new members need to have an in-office visit, you are not responsible for the additional $50 fee.
If you are an established patient and have had an appointment in the past year, we may be able to accomplish everything needed virtually, saving you the need for an in-office appointment. If it’s been more than a year since your last appointment, you can send in your request via the online form and the team will determine whether we need to see you again prior to getting your medication. If our team determines that you need to get an injectable vaccine as part of your travel preparation, you can just walk into any lab during our normal lab hours, no appointment needed.
Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not cover the cost of travel consultations, so we try to handle the majority of your travel needs via email in order to avoid office visit fees. If we need to do travel research on your behalf AND you don’t require an in-office appointment, you will be responsible for the standard consultation fee.
Coverage for travel clinic charges varies between plans, so we recommend calling your insurance provider to learn more about your specific plan. Routine vaccinations are typically covered by most insurance plans, but many do not cover the cost of travel vaccines or medications. As part of the process in determining your travel medicine needs, we can also provide you with cost estimates for each medication or vaccine prior to your visit. Note that many HSA and FSA plans will reimburse you for these charges. Whatever your situation may be, our team will be happy to help you submit a claim for reimbursement any time it’s appropriate.
What We Handle
- Hepatitis vaccines
- Antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea
- Altitude sickness medication
- Motion sickness medication
- Tdap vaccine
- Measles, mumps & rubella (MMR) vaccine
- Polio booster
- Typhoid vaccine
- Meningococcal vaccine
- Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
- Influenza (seasonal)