Travel Vaccinations in West Haven, CT

Finding yourself under the weather after spending months planning a trip out of the country can put a major damper in your travel plans. Fun activities will be cancelled, meetings won’t be as tolerable and you may even need hospitalization if the disease contracted is incredibly serious. It’s not worth risking your life to go somewhere without knowing the proper health risks associated and the vaccines that will keep you safer.

DOCS Urgent Care of West Haven will get you the vaccinations you require for traveling, whether you are going on an African safari or are backpacking through Europe. Different countries have different health standards and they need to be respected if you want to enter the country.



636 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT 06516

(203) 691-1584

(203) 859-5243


Why Are Travel Vaccinations Important?

Vaccinations keep you from getting sick, thanks to the way they are administered in your body. You build up your immune system when a weakened or dead germ that contains the disease is injected into your body through a syringe. Your body is able to eliminate the virus or bacteria from itself, and it is better equipped to deal with illnesses in the future.

Many countries have strict standards for infections that have caused trouble for them in the past. Depending on what part of the world you are visiting, you can be exposed to a disease that isn’t common in the United States, which you won’t be able to handle on your own.

When To Get Vaccinated

Vaccine records can take awhile to organize and your appointments can be difficult to get if you don’t plan far enough in advance. There are also some vaccinations that need more than one dose to be truly effective over an extended period of time. To protect yourself as well as the community you are visiting, vaccinate yourself 4-6 weeks before you plan to leave.

Common Travel Vaccinations Include:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Meningitis
  • (Meningococcal)
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A (HEP A)
  • Hepatitis B (HEP B)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B Combination

Which Vaccines Do I Need Before Traveling?

There are many different reasons you may need a vaccine, because everybody is built differently. No matter where you’re going, you need to consider these health factors before leaving:
  • Where you plan to travel: Some countries need proof that you have been vaccinated because of experiences with diseases the U.S. may not have dealt with in a long time, leaving you vulnerable because of the environment you grew up in.
  • Your health: If you happen to be pregnant, have an ongoing illness or weakened immune system then additional vaccines may be necessary.
  • The vaccinations you’ve already had: Some vaccines are necessary to enter other countries, but you may have already had a few of them. Keeping your vaccination records up to date will allow you to figure out what shots you need us to give you.
You will be able to find important information through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website, which provides an extensive database showing which reasons will affect what vaccines you need.

Care When You Need It In West Haven

DOCS Urgent Care of West Haven will be able to administer each vaccine you are going to need on this excursion, once you figure out the ones that apply to your location and health standards.

We want you to be safe on your trip, no matter the circumstances surrounding them. Please give DOCS Urgent Care of West Haven a call today to schedule an appointment if you still need a vaccine before traveling.


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