Important Vaccine Information...
Even in the absence of international requirements, risk of
infectious disease exposure related to geographical destination,
insect and animal contact and occupation may make pre-travel
immunizations appropriate. Vaccinations that should be considered
for international travel include the following:
Cholera immunization is generally not recommended by the World
Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) for international travel. Regardless of WHO recommendations,
to avoid a request for cholera vaccination at a border from
poorly informed officials, cholera vaccination may be warranted.
In countries with cholera infected areas travelers may need
a valid cholera certificate, which is available from the Genesee
Infectious Diseases & Travel Medicine Center.
Hepatitis A Vaccine/Immune
Hepatitis A virus infection is a significant risk for travelers
going on repeated or prolonged trips to destinations where
unsanitary foot and water conditions promote fecal oral transmission.
Protective antibodies are present two to four weeks after
receiving the first of a series of two injections for Hepatitis
A vaccination. A booster dose is given six months to one year
after the initial injection and this vaccine is predicted
to provide lifetime protection against Hepatitis A.
Immune globulin may also be used to protect travelers against
Hepatitis A infection. Protection is immediate and lasts for
approximately 90 days.
Japanese Encephalitis is a viral infection spread by Culex
mosquitoes in many areas of Asia and Southeast Asia. A three
dose primary immunization series is recommended for travelers
going to areas of risk. The three doses are ideally given
on a schedule of 0,7 and 30 days. In the case of time constraints
an accelerated schedule is available.
Meningococcal meningitis is caused by a bacterium that enters
the body through the respiratory system. This vaccine is currently
recommended to travelers to Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Tanzania
and Brazil. Persons traveling to high-risk areas should be
vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis and vaccination
is valid for approximately three years.
Typhoid Fever is a severe systemic bacterial infection that
is transmitted via contaminated food and water. Immunization
is recommended for all persons traveling to areas where sanitary
conditions are uncertain or those travelers anticipating prolonged
travel. Typhoid Fever vaccination is available orally or through
an injection and lasts from three to five years.
Yellow Fever Vaccination:
Some countries require a validated Yellow Fever vaccination
certificate. The Genesee Infectious Diseases & Travel
Medicine Center is licensed by the Michigan Department of
Public Health to provide this vaccine. The Yellow Fever vaccination
certificate is valid ten days after the primary dose and is
good for ten years.
Other vaccinations available from the Genesee Infectious Diseases
& Travel Medicine Center include oral polio, Hepatitis
B, Influenza, Pneumovax, tetanus toxoid and tetanus diphtheria.
Office hours are Monday through Friday:
9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
We accept cash, check, Visa and Mastercard.
C. Michael Lewis, D.O.
G-8195 S. South Saginaw Street
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
Phone: (810) 694-5393
Toll Free: 800-966-5393
Fax: (810) 694-5394