Travel Health Services
Travel to exotic locales brings extraordinary benefits — and adventure. But it can also expose you to serious diseases that may threaten your health. Zika virus, typhoid, malaria, and yellow fever, to name a few.
To reduce your chances of illness while abroad, schedule an in-person consultation with an RVNAhealth travel health nurse prior to your departure. Consultations include: itinerary-specific health advice; discussion and administration of immunizations; safe food/water practices; and other recommendations to protect yourself. including insect precautions or environmental considerations.
Travel consultations are available at the RVNAhealth Center for Exceptional Care in Ridgefield, CT, or at your home or office (for an additional fee).
To learn more or schedule an appointment, call (203) 438-5555 or email BeWELL@rvnahealth.org
Please note: Travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
RVNAhealth can administer the following commonly-needed travel vaccinations:
- Hepatitis A (PDF)
- Hepatitis B (PDF)
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Measles (MMR) (PDF)
- Meningitis (PDF)
- Polio (PDF)
- Rabies (PDF)
- Tetanus (Tdap)
- Yellow Fever (Temporarily unavailable due to nationwide shortage – please call for more details)
- Malaria Preventative Medication (Prescription will be called in to your pharmacy)
- Traveler’s Diarrhea Medication (Prescription will be called in to your pharmacy)
- Altitude Illness Medication (Prescriptions will be called in to your pharmacy)
The RVNAhealth Travel Health Clinic is not able to bill to insurance. Payment will be expected at the time of the visit via check or credit card.
It takes at least two weeks to build full immunity from the vaccines. Additionally some vaccines require multiple doses over a period of time. Ideally, appointments take place four to six weeks before travel, but consultations for the last-minute traveler are still advised.
Yes, Appointments are required for travel vaccines and consultations. Appointments are available Monday – Friday, please call for more information.
A consultation is required to prescribe Malaria preventative, Traveler’s Diarrhea and Altitude Sickness medications. All other vaccines are available with a prescription from your doctor. If you have questions on whether you need to schedule a consultation, please call us at 203.438.5555.
In order for us to provide the best care for you, it is important that you bring the following to your Consultation:
- List of medications/supplements you are taking
- Trip itinerary (in order of stops)
- Immunization records
Documents and Papers (For important documents, bring the original and one copy with you. Leave another copy at home, paper or electronic.)
- Immunization Record/ Yellow Fever Certificate
- Insurance Card
- Doctor prescriptions for medication(s) and medication schedule (only a copy, not original)
- Note on stationery from prescribing physician for controlled substances & injectable medications
- Prescription for glasses
- List of credit card numbers and home numbers for help if the are lost/stolen
- Adhesive bandages or gauze with tape (Band-Aids)
- Antibacterial pump soap, hand wipes or waterless gel (at least 60% alcohol)
- Antibiotic Ointment
- Antihistamine (e.g., Benadryl, Loratadine) for allergic reactions
- Antimotility medication (e.g., Imodium, Pepto Bismol)
- Anti-motion sickness medicine
- Bandage rolls (e.g., ace wraps) for sprains and strains
- Batteries and Chargers
- Betadine in individual packets
- Birth Control/Condoms
- Cough Syrup or lozenges
- Decongestant (alone or with antihistamine)
- Digital Thermometer
- Dried fruit, prunes and/or mild laxative
- Duct tape (make a small roll by wrapping around pen or pencil)
- Electrical Plug Adapter, Current Converter
- Facial tissue in small packets
- Flashlight and batteries
- Granola Bars/Portable snacks
- Insect Repellent with 30-50% DEET or picaridin (up to 15%)
- Mosquito Netting
- Pain Relievers (e.g., Acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen)
- Plastic bags/zip locks
- Prescription medications (labeled, in original bottles and packed in carry-on luggage)
- Spare glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, cleaning/wetting solutions
- Sunscreen (at least SPF 40)/Aloe gel for sunburn
- Contact credit card companies with itinerary before you leave
Although I’ve been to quite a few countries for work, the practical tips we received for travel in Africa (including specific CDC recommendations for Tanzania) and having the immunizations on hand that we needed was very useful. We also received prescriptions for malaria pills and medicine to have in case of stomach trouble and even a good recommendation for a combined sun block/mosquito repellent which worked very well on our trip. Thanks to the RVNAhealth staff for all their great assistance!”
P. Yellen, Ridgefield CT