St. Joseph Medical Center’s Travel Medicine Clinic provides vaccines required to enter foreign countries and those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Certain recommended vaccines may help families or business travelers reduce the risk of acquiring illnesses during international travel.
St. Joseph Medical Center Travel Medicine Clinic offers travel safety information; pre-travel counseling and immunizations that can help safeguard your health or the health of your employees who travel abroad. Our nurses are trained in accordance with standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They provide up-to-date information regarding required and recommended immunizations necessary to protect employees from communicable diseases. Foreign travel immunizations are available at St. Joseph Medical Center located in downtown Houston.
Planning Your Next Itinerary? Make SJMC Travel Medicine Clinic Your First Stop. Here’s why:
- Of the 23 million U.S. residents who travel to international destinations this year, it is estimated that more than half of these travelers will suffer some kind of illness that will claim three of their average 14 days of travel.
- The World Health Organization advises travelers to consult a travel medicine clinic or personal physician four to six weeks before departure if the travel destination is one where exposure to any vaccine-preventable diseases may occur.
Our experienced Travel Medicine staff is available to help all international travelers, including:
- Pre-travel assessments to identify and reduce potential health risks while abroad
- Customized, in-depth reports compiled from the authorities – including the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of State – on health and safety risks for your destinations
- Recommendations for and administration of immunizations required for entry or for health protection
- International Certificate of Vaccination document
- Food and water precautions
- Prescriptions for illness/disease prevention and self-treatment
- Contact information for embassies and recommended medical facilities (where available)
- Recommendations for preparing a personal travel kit
- Lab work (Certain countries require documentation of HIV status)
- Post-travel medical care from St. Joseph Medical Center physicians
Preparing for Your Visit
- Complete the Pre-Travel Questionnaire.
- You may download, print and complete the paper form. Submit the completed printed questionnaire via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to SJMC Travel Medicine Cline 1401 St. Joseph Pkwy., Houston, Texas 77002 The Pre-Travel Questionnaire must be received at least 3 business days prior to your appointment.
- Include copies of all previous immunization records available to you. If necessary, contact the appropriate persons to obtain these records. This information is necessary for Travel Clinic Medicine nurses to review prior to your arrival.
- If you have an “International Certificate of Vaccination” (yellow booklet), please bring it with you to your appointment.
NOTE: Failure to provide us with your complete information as requested may result in rescheduling your appointment, or additional visits and expense.
During Your Consultation
- Allow one hour for your first visit (add additional time for couples, families, etc.). During your visit we will:
- Review your itinerary, medical history, medications and previous vaccinations.
- Counsel you on required and recommended vaccines for your destination and administer those you’ve agreed to that day. You may need to return for any vaccines given in a series.
- Provide guidelines on insect bite prevention, food and water precautions and any other destination-specific issues.
- Provide prescriptions, when appropriate, for self-treatment of travelers’ diarrhea, malaria prevention and altitude sickness.
- Provide a detailed report regarding the countries you are visiting.
- Our Travel Medicine nurse will conduct the counseling session
After Your Consultation
- Payment in full is required at the time of service.
- Please keep any follow-up appointments so you acquire the maximum protection the vaccines offer. Altering or delaying recommended vaccination schedules could adversely affect your protection and put you at risk for illness.
- Contact St. Joseph Medical Center Travel Medicine Clinic if you have any questions.
- If you have any health issues after your trip, post-travel medical care is available through St. Joseph Medical Center.
- Payment is due in full at the time of service.
- Check, debit card or credit card is preferred.
- St. Joseph Medical Center may be listed by your insurance as a “preferred provider” for routine healthcare services; however, Travel Medicine services are exempt.
- You will receive a receipt for your visit for use in filing your own insurance claim.
If you plan to submit your Travel Medicine receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement, please be advised of the following:
- Travel Medicine consultations are “nurse visits” and are not reimbursed by insurance.
- Vaccines may or may not be reimbursed. Reimbursement is determined by the type of insurance coverage you have and if your policy covers “preventive” care.
- We recommend you contact your insurance company before your appointment to determine your coverage for Travel Medicine services (including preventive prescription medications for malaria and traveler’s diarrhea).
- If you are a member of an HMO, your insurance may have a “preferred provider” for Travel Medicine services. In this case, you will need to be seen by the preferred provider to qualify for reimbursement.
- Medicare does not cover Travel Medicine services.
- St. Joseph Medical Center Travel Medical Clinic does not file insurance.
- St. Joseph Medical Center is unable to be in contact with your insurance company.
- If you submit your Travel Medicine bill to your insurance company for reimbursement, be sure to clearly indicate that any reimbursement due is to be paid directly to you. If your insurance company erroneously sends the reimbursement check to St. Joseph Medical Center, the check will be mailed back to the insurance company, delaying your reimbursement.
Travelers should schedule visits at least one month prior to travel. Some vaccines, such as Hepatitis A, take several weeks to take effect while others may require multiple doses. The yellow fever vaccine must be received at least 10 days prior to departure.
The travel medicine clinic offers the following vaccinations:
- Hepatitis A for adults and children
- Twinrix (a Hepatitis A and B combination vaccine for people 18 and over)
- Influenza for adults and children
- Japanese encephalitis
- Meningococcal vaccines
- Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis
- Yellow fever
Making an Appointment
We attempt to accommodate requests for appointments within 48 hours. However, travelers should plan a consultation several weeks in advance of the planned departure date to allow time for completion of vaccine series and time for vaccinations to become effective.
To schedule an appointment, call 713-756-8600 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Clinic hours vary.
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