Foreign Travel Immunizations
Traveling? Check your Immunizations!
San Antonio Metro Health Foreign Travel Clinic offers immunizations, education, and specialized medical expertise for people planning travel of all types -- leisure, business, relocation, study abroad, volunteer service, and international adoptions.
Americans make an estimated 45 million trips to international destinations each year -- 20 million of them to rural settings or developing countries. Staying healthy during foreign travel requires more than vaccinations. Careful planning is key. International travelers should be advised to contact the SAMHD Foreign Travel Clinic at least 6 weeks prior to departure. To ensure an accurate assessment of individual health needs, travelers should have the following information available:
- A trip itinerary to include all countries that will be traveled and duration of visit.
- Planned activities to assess for increased risk.
- Information on accomodations and transportation.
Travelers who do not have the required vaccinations upon entering a country may be subject to vaccination, medical follow-up, isolation, or combination of these. In a few countries, unvaccinated travelers are denied entry.
Regulations adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) are to ensure maximum security against the international spread of disease. As a result of these regulations, some countries require an International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever as a condition of entry.
Validation of the International Certificate of Vaccination can be provided by SAMHD’s Foreign Travel Clinic. Travelers can be advised regarding travel to Yellow Fever or Malaria endemic areas. Anti-malarial prescriptions are also available through the clinic.
SAMHD has two International Travel Clinic locations available by appointment only:
Main Immunization Clinic
345 W. Commerce
San Antonio, TX 78205
Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. (Except: 2nd Thursday of the month, no appointment)
Valley View Foreign Travel Clinic
8523 Blanco Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78216
Monday-Friday 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. (Except: 2nd Thursday of the month, 1:30 to 5:00 pm)