Traveling with children requires special planning and preparation, especially when travelling abroad. There are many things parents should consider when traveling with children of any age.
Visit the CDC’s Traveling with Children page for helpful resources on travel including:
- Safe food and water precautions, diarrhea management and insect protection when traveling abroad
- Modifying the immunization schedule
- Traveling while pregnant
- Travel and breastfeeding
- International adoptions
Preparing For Internation Travel
It is our recommendation that you schedule a travel consult when you are planning overseas travel. At this time we will review with you your travel plans, destination, and CDC recommendations for the health and safety of your child.
What do you need to do?
- Let us know 3 months prior to your departure
- Tell us what country, city, town, and/or villages to which you will be traveling
- Pay for any recommended vaccinations prior to them being orderer
What will your Doctor/Nurse Practitioner Do?
- Review the CDC recommendations for vaccinations
- Recommend necessary vaccinations - both travel and pediatric vaccines
- Recommend necessary medications to take with you
- Consultation with you and your child
Will Insurance pay for the travel consult and additional vaccinations?
- No, the insurance company will not pay for the consultation or travel vaccinations. Although this is an out-of-pocket expense, we recommend that this be done prior to oversea travel and it is NOT part of the routine well check. This is a key component of keeping your child healthy and safe while traveling internationally.
- The cost is $90 and must be paid at the time of service. As much time is spent in preparing for the consultation prior to your arrival, should you not show for the appointment, you will be expected to pay the $90 fee.
- Vaccinations such as Typhiod or other CDC recommended vaccines must be paid before they are ordered. We will inform you of all out-of-pocket expense prior to ordering any vaccinations. Neither the visit or the vaccinations will be submitted to your insurance company.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the office at 315-471-2646.
Vaccinations and Medications for international travel
- Depending on the age of your child and where you will be traveling, we will recommend routine vaccinations including the flu vaccine. The schedule of some routine vaccinations such as polio and measels may have to be adjusted to protect your child. In some cases this will require additional vaccines for your child.
- For travel to many developing nations protection against Hepatitis A and Typhoid, a salmonella infection causing fever, abdominal pain, and severe diarrhea is recommended. Depending on your child's age we may need to arrange for vaccinations to prevent these diseases. There are 2 types of typhoid vaccination, one is taken by mouth and the other is an injection.
- Specifically for children traveling to SE Asia the Japanese encephalitis vaccine is recommended.
- Malaria is a life threatening disease that can be prevented by taking medication. Some types of medication need to be started one week prior to travel so it is crucial that we have enough time to assess whether your child needs to be protected against malaria and to order the appropriate medications. If we prescribe malaria medication please take as directed. Some malaria prevention medications must be continued after you return to the US. We will prescribe enough mediation for your trip. Please do not plan to purchase these medications abroad since the quality is unreliable.
- Some specialized vaccines are provided more economically through a Travel Clinic. If this is the case for your family we will provide you with contact information to arrange an appointment.