Travel Vaccination Clinic
Park West Medical Centre provides a full range of travel vaccines. Our objective is to ensure that you remain well and enjoy your travels. We are an accredited World Health Organisation designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.
We provide the following travel vaccines:
Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for healthy international travellers age 12 months or older; the first dose of Hepatitis A vaccine should be administered as soon as travel is considered. A shot called immune globulin (IG) can be considered in addition to hepatitis A vaccine for older adults, immunocompromised persons, and persons with chronic liver disease or other chronic medical conditions who are travelling within two weeks.
IG without hepatitis A vaccine can be given to travellers who are younger than 12 months old, allergic to a vaccine component, or who elect not to receive vaccine.
Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. It results from infection with the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B can be either “acute” or “chronic.”
There are four combination vaccines used to prevent diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough): DTaP, Tdap, DT, and Td. Two of these (DTaP and DT) are given to children younger than seven years of age and two (Tdap and Td) are given to older children and adults. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure which vaccines you or your children have received in the past.
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.
Typhoid vaccine is recommended for:
- Travellers to parts of the world where typhoid is common (Note: typhoid vaccine is not 100% effective and is not a substitute for being careful about what you eat or drink).
- People in close contact with a typhoid carrier.
- Laboratory workers who work with Salmonella Typhi bacteria.
Yellow fever is a serious disease caused by the yellow fever virus. It is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito and cannot be spread directly from person-to-person. It is found in certain parts of Africa and South America. Yellow fever vaccine can prevent yellow fever.
There are two types of vaccine that protect against polio: Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) and Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV). IPV, used in the United States since 2000, is given as an injection in the leg or arm, depending on age. OPV is taken by mouth. Polio vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines.
Playing outdoors can mean getting cuts that may become infected with bacteria commonly found in soil, including the ones that cause tetanus. Tetanus vaccine can help prevent tetanus disease, commonly known as “lockjaw.” Tetanus is a serious disease that causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to “locking” of the jaw so the person cannot open his mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in about one in ten cases.
Meningitis & Others
There are meningococcal vaccines that help protect against five types (serogroups) of meningococcus bacteria, including the three types most common in the United States (serogroups B, C, and Y). Meningococcal vaccines cannot prevent all cases of the disease, but they do protect many people who might become sick if they didn’t get vaccinated.