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Summer Travel - Preparing for Trips Abroad

M. Allison Baynham, MD
June 13, 2016 08:00AM

Summer is officially here! Many of you may already have summer travel plans, including trips to the Oregon Coast, Washington, California, or beyond. If you have travel plans for a destination outside of the US, you may be wondering if there are any special travel recommendations or additional vaccines needed to help keep your family safe.

A great place to start is to visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website where you can enter your destination and get updates on safety advisories, health risks, and recommended vaccines. You can even select options such as “Traveling with Children” or “Pregnant Women.” We recommend doing this before visiting any foreign country. The CDC website is very comprehensive and includes maps highlighting particular regions of each country that are at risk for certain diseases.

If it turns out you are in need of a medication or vaccine, you may be wondering where to turn next. Here at Pediatric Associates of the Northwest, we can give all routine vaccinations and prescribe Typhoid vaccine and Malaria prophylaxis. Routine vaccinations include DTaP/TdaP (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), Polio, Hemophilusinfluenza type b (Hib), Pneumococcal, Rotavirus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella (Chickenpox), Meningococcal, and HPV. We do not have vaccines for Yellow Fever, Rabies or Japanese Encephalitis.

Check out the CDC website for information by destination:

Here are local resources in the Portland area:

Travel & Immunization Clinic of Portland
2330 NW Flanders, Ste 103
Portland, Oregon 97210

Providence St. Vincent's Traveler's Clinic
9205 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225

• Providence Portland Traveler’s Immunization Clinic
5050 NE Hoyt, Suite 540
Portland, Oregon 97213

• Multnomah County Traveler's Clinic
426 SW Stark #9
Portland, Oregon 97204
503-988-3406, option 5

• OHSU Family Medicine at Gabriel Park - Travel Clinic
4411 SW Vermont Ave
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 494-9992 for appointments

We wish you safe and happy travels this summer!