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Patient Information

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Which shots will I need?
  2. How soon before my trip should I see you?
  3. How do I make an appointment?
  4. Where is the Travel Clinic located?
  5. Will my insurance cover all this?
  6. Should I bring anything with me to my appointment?

1. Which shots will I need?

At the time of your visit, your healthcare provider will determine which vaccines are needed. The choice of vaccines depends on where and when you are traveling, your past vaccination history and your health history. We will review your routine vaccine record and update your vaccines as needed. Additional vaccines may include one or more of the following:  

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Meningococcus  
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcus
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid fever
  • Yellow fever
  • Standard adult/children vaccinations including: Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis and MMR

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2. How soon before my trip should I see you?

Ideally, schedule your appointment at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance of your trip. While it is possible to receive most of the vaccines within 2-4 weeks of your trip, a few vaccines (including rabies and Japanese encephalitis) require you to get multiple doses within a 4 week span.

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3. How do I make an appointment?
To schedule an appointment, please call 617.414.4290. Appointments are available for adults Monday thru Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. We also have a clinic for children and families on Wednesdays (8 am - Noon) and Thursdays (9 am - Noon).

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4. Where is the Travel Clinic located?

The Travel Clinic is located in the Shapiro Ambulatory Care Center at 725 Albany Street, 9th Floor, Suite 9B.

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The nearest parking garage is located at 710 Albany Street. Metered street parking is also available nearby. Valet parking is available for $12 per day in front of the Menino Pavilion.

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5. Will my insurance cover all this?

We accept most major forms of insurance. Please check with your primary care doctor first to see if you need a referral. Also, please be aware that some insurance companies may NOT cover all services. Please check with your insurance company regarding what services will be covered, prior to your appointment. All uncovered services will be the responsibility of the traveler. If your insurance company does not cover the specialized services that we offer or if you do not have health insurance, then you will be responsible for paying all charges at the end of your travel clinic appointment.

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6. Should I bring anything with me to my appointment?

Please bring your vaccine records, your WHO International Certificate of Immunization (yellow book) if you have one and a list of medications you are taking.

Example of International Cerfificate of Vaccination approved by the World Health Organization.

 

Appointments

Call: 617.414.4290
Fax: 617.414.5503


Boston Medical Center
Travel Clinic
Center for Infectious Diseases
Shapiro Center
9th Floor, Suite 9B
725 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118

Hours: Monday - Friday
9 am - 5 pm


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Fax: 617.414.5503


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