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Travel Immunizations

Travel immunizations (vaccines) are central to establishing a healthy immune system in preparation for travel and are available from Kimberly Barrow, MSN, APRN, NP-C, of Kimberly Cares in Houston, Texas. If you or a loved one needs a vaccine or is unsure of their immunization status, schedule a visit online or by phone today to get up-to-date on these essential health needs. 

Travel Immunizations Q & A

How do vaccines work?

When your immune system detects an antigen of a potentially harmful virus, bacteria, fungus, or other substance (pathogens), it responds by creating specific antibodies to fight those antigens. 

Over time, your body creates thousands of different antibodies, which remain in your system throughout your life. 

If you ever encounter that specific antigen again, those antibodies are ready to launch an attack and fight off infection. The problem lies in certain pathogens being so strong that they can cause serious illness or death before your natural immune response can build up those defenses. That’s where vaccines come in. 

Vaccines are created from weakened or dead portions of known antigens. When injected into your body, vaccines have enough of the pathogen to trigger the production of antibodies but not enough to actually make you sick. Once you receive the full list of recommended vaccines, your immune system is ready to fight off many serious infectious diseases. 

What are travel immunizations?

Travel immunizations, also called travel vaccines, are vaccines intended to boost your immune response to diseases specific to the region you plan to visit. It’s always a good idea to work with your provider at Kimberly Cares to determine if you need vaccines prior to travel.

Routine vaccines

These are the same vaccines you are recommended to have as an adult. While most people get these shots during childhood, you’d be surprised how many adults have gaps in their vaccination records. 

Recommended vaccines

These are specific vaccines that protect against diseases that are common in the area where you plan to travel. If health authorities determine there is an intermediate to high risk of contracting a vaccine-preventable disease, you’ll be advised to add those vaccines to your travel preparations.

Required vaccines

Certain countries require specific vaccines for all incoming travelers. That is done to prevent the spread of disease from one part of the world to another. Some examples include vaccines for yellow fever and the meningococcal vaccine. 

As you prepare for travel, schedule a visit with Kimberly Cares to learn which vaccines are the right fit for your trip. 

Are vaccines safe?

A great deal of misinformation surrounds the topic of vaccine safety. However, the scientific community is united on the fact that vaccines are not only safe, but they are also a critical part of protecting our communities from infectious diseases. 

Vaccines go through extensive clinical trials and studies to ensure they are both safe and effective. Kimberly follows the national guidelines for administering vaccines and is happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have about vaccines or immunization. 

To book a visit for yourself or your child, call or click to set up an appointment.      

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