Routine and travel immunizations
We are certified to administer immunizations (both travel and routine) and are able to provide most of the travel immunizations that you would need when traveling to another country. We recommend that you make sure that your routine immunizations are up-to-date before traveling outside of the United States. At a minimum, you should have had a tetanus booster within the last 10 years.
We access the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to obtain the latest recommendations for the country or countries that you will be visiting. Most of the European countries don't require any special immunizations, but we always make sure to check with the CDC to be safe.
If you plan to travel outside of the U.S., call us to find out if any special immunizations are recommended or required for your travel. It's best to start your immunizations at least 4-6 weeks before you leave to give the vaccine time to build your immunity and give you the most protection. In addition, some vaccines require multiple injections over a period of months to fully protect you, therefore starting early will afford you the most protection. There is not much worse than being sick on a trip.
Call us with questions when making your travel plans. Our phone number is 615-274-6868. We will be glad to help you with your medication needs.
Traveling with medications
If you rely on routine medications, be prepared for any possibility. DO NOT pack your medication in your checked-in luggage! All medications should be in your carry-on bags and in your possession. Be aware that medications could be a temptation to thieves, so do not advertise that you are carrying medications.
Make sure your medication is in a labeled prescription bottle with your name on it (which may not be required, but may help you avoid hassles). The label should also contain the name of your physician as well as the name of the medication the bottle contains. NEVER mix different medications together in the same bottle, always keep each medication in the correct bottle. Also, it is wise the have your physician/medical practitioner write out a prescription for each of your medications just in case something happens to yours. This is especially important if you will be gone for an extended period or out of the country. (Using the generic names for your medications will be most helpful in another country where brand names may not be the same.)
Keeping the written prescriptions with your passport would make your medication information available to health professionals in the event of an accident in which you were unable to communicate. In the event that your medications are lost or stolen, having written prescriptions may make replacement a bit easier.
The key is to BE PREPARED. Give us a call at 615-274-6868.