Traveling to another country, whether you are visiting family, sightseeing or working, can be an exciting adventure. Part of planning for an international trip includes protecting your health from possible infections that could make you sick, as well as taking precautions against other problems such as traveler’s diarrhea and altitude sickness.
Our medical providers at Circle Health Urgent Care in Billerica and Westford can guide you on how to stay healthy so that you and your family can have an enjoyable trip free from illness. We offer comprehensive medical services for adults and children who are traveling to other countries, including necessary vaccinations and prescriptions for recommended medications. We also provide education on food and water safety and tips for preventing bites from disease-carrying mosquitos.
Travel medicine services are made by appointment only Monday-Sunday, 12 noon – 6pm at our Urgent Care location in Billerica, and Monday-Sunday 10am – 6pm in Dracut and Westford. In order to provide you with the best possible service, please fill out our Travel Vaccination Questionnaire online here at least 48 hours before your scheduled appointment. Appointments that do not have a questionnaire completed on file will need to be rescheduled.
Appointments are available by scheduling at one of our locations below:
Please bring an itinerary of your travel plans and activities, and your current immunization records to your appointment. Without these records we will have to rely on your questionnaire answers when making recommendations.
You will then meet with one of our Urgent Care physicians for a consultation, who will review your itinerary, which must include both the flight connections and final destinations. Our physician will discuss any medical conditions, allergies or medications you have to determine the appropriateness of recommended vaccines.
The Urgent Care physician will give you a written treatment plan outlining the required and additional recommended vaccines for the particular country you are visiting. If your destination puts you at risk for infection from water, food or mosquitos, you will also receive prescriptions for anti-diarrheal and anti-malarial medicines. We will provide costs for each vaccination and medication. After your consultation, a nurse will then give you your vaccines.
Please note that travel vaccines and consultations are generally not covered by insurance. The average cost for a travel consultation with vaccines is approximately $320, which typically includes the consultation fee, administration fee, and two of the most common vaccines that are recommended. However, many vaccines that are commonly administered in the U.S. such as Hepatitis, Influenza and Tdap may be covered. Most insurances will cover prescriptions for anti-malarial, traveler’s diarrhea and altitude sickness. Check with your insurance carrier to review your coverage. We will provide costs for each vaccine.
We offer the following vaccinations:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Poliomyelitis (Polio)
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap)
- Yellow Fever - due to a national shortage, we do not carry the Yellow Fever vaccine at this time
We also offer prescriptions for anti-diarrheal, anti-malarial and altitude sickness medicines.
The vaccines you need will vary, depending upon the particular countries you are visiting. During your consultation, we will review your itinerary, current medical conditions and medications to determine which vaccines are recommended for you.
In general, you should get your vaccinations one month in advance of your trip, as it may take several weeks to achieve full immunity. However, some vaccines do require a second dose and need more time for the immunity to take effect. We advise you to get a consultation as soon as possible, once you have made your travel plans.
A second visit is usually not needed for most vaccines. However, some such as Japanese encephalitis, requires a second dose, a month after the first is given.
The physician will discuss any vaccine specific risks, however, generally there are possibilities of developing fever, rash at the injection site or an allergic reaction.
Circle Health Urgent Care is a designated Yellow Fever site. Due to a national shortage, we do not carry the Yellow Fever vaccine at this time. Until we receive our supply, we will direct patients to sites in the area that offers the vaccine now.
Be very cautious about drinking water in third world countries. Avoid ice cubes, and try not to ingest any water when taking a shower or brushing your teeth – use bottled water instead.
If you are in an area with a risk of malaria, wear clothing with long sleeves, pants and hats, and use netting around your bed. An insect repellent with DEET is the most effective for preventing bites.
We are available to address all of your urgent care needs, including any post-travel medical concerns.
Circle Health Urgent Care - Billerica
Travel Medicine hours: Monday-Sunday, 12 noon - 6pm
Circle Health Urgent Care - Dracut
Travel Medicine hours: Monday-Sunday, 10am - 6pm
Circle Health Urgent Care - Westford
Travel Medicine hours: Monday-Sunday, 10am - 6pm