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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How soon should I start getting my immunizations before travel?

Ideally, you should see a healthcare provider four to six weeks prior to your departure date.

Will my insurance cover my visit?

Immunizations for the purpose of travel are not typically covered by health insurance; therefore, it is Kelsey-Seybold's policy not to file insurance. We accept cash, check or credit card for payments. We can provide you with a receipt of your charges and payment received if you wish to self-file a claim with your insurance company.

Will I see a doctor?

Kelsey-Seybold travel sites are staffed by specially trained foreign travel nurses.

How can I find out what immunizations are recommended for my travel?
This will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation at Kelsey-Seybold. If you would like to review the information prior to the appointment, please go to www.cdc.gov/travel or www.who.int for current recommendations and requirements. Other information, including health precautions you should take while traveling, are also on these sites and will be discussed at your consultation.

What is the difference between required immunizations and recommended?

A required vaccination is one for which formal proof of immunization is needed in order to enter one of the destination countries. This immunization needs to be administered at least 10 days prior to entry. A recommended immunization is one that is suggested to protect travelers from illnesses while out of the country, but is not required by any government for entry.

Do my children need vaccines?

Children are at the same risk as adults for the diseases listed for each country and should be protected by immunizations. Some foreign travel immunizations cannot be given to infants and small children.

Can I receive vaccines if I am pregnant?

You should check with your healthcare provider before scheduling any immunizations. Some travel immunizations have not been studied in pregnant women; therefore, the safety rate is not adequately documented.

Can you provide a yellow card?

The yellow card is the International Certificate of Vaccination, which is used most specifically to document yellow fever immunization and other required vaccinations. A yellow card will be provided at the time of your immunization.

Can my whole family of four come at one time?

Our travel representatives can assist you with scheduling your family's appointments by calling 713-442-TRIP (8747). We will help schedule a time convenient for the whole family.

Can we be seen on Saturdays?

Unfortunately, none of our travel clinics are staffed on Saturday.

Can I just walk in for an appointment during the week?

All travel appointments need to be scheduled by calling 713-442-TRIP (8747).

I always need something for diarrhea and altitude illness. Can you provide these prescriptions as well?

You will have to talk to your personal physician to obtain these medications because our travel nurses can only provide prescriptions for malaria prophylaxis and oral typhoid.

I have a compromised immune system. Can I receive vaccines?

If you have an autoimmune condition or compromised immune system, we recommend that you discuss all immunizations with your personal physician and get an approval prior to your travel consultation. Most vaccines can still be given.

We have a group traveling to the same location and we would like to come to Kelsey-Seybold together. Is that possible?

Arrangements for large groups can be made through Kelsey-Seybold's Wellness program. The Wellness team will educate the group and administer the recommended immunization(s) onsite. Please call 713-442-TRIP (8747) to make arrangements to have the Wellness team visit your site.

I only need malaria medication.

Even if you are only interested in getting malaria prophylaxis, you still need to schedule a travel consultation with one of our specially trained travel nurses to go over all the specific recommendations for your trip and discuss the appropriate medication. New vaccines or booster vaccines are sometimes needed by individuals who are unaware if their shots are not up to date, or who have a chronic condition or health risks requiring a shot prior to travel.

I grew up in the country I am visiting and will be visiting family and friends. Why do I need immunizations?

If you have lived in the U.S. for more than a few years, your immunity to infectious diseases in your home country has likely lapsed and immunizations can help keep you well during your visit. It is important to immunize your children born here prior to their visit abroad as they will be at higher risk of a variety of illnesses while staying in homes and neighborhoods than if they were staying in resort accommodations.

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