Trekking the globe is one of life’s sacred rituals, described as infinitely rewarding both spiritually and emotionally. While it may be healthy for the mind’s well-being, it could be deadly due to the host of diseases found in many exotic regions of the world. Because your body has not come into contact with foreign bacteria, it hasn’t developed the defenses necessary for it to combat these new diseases.

This is why it’s important for you to make sure you’re properly immunized to any diseases specific to your destination. A vaccination will introduce your body to an innocuous dose of the virus or disease and provoke your body into building up an immunity. Since this process takes time, the body will not develop an immunity for a few weeks. This means you should get your vaccination weeks before you leave.

Many study abroad programs require its participants to receive certain vaccinations prior to participation. While the specific vaccines depend on the location, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention highly recommends a number of vaccines for certain locations. International health regulations actually requires people travelling to  Sub-Saharan African countries and a few tropical South American countries to receive a Yellow Fever vaccination.

American Family Care will make sure you’re properly immunized so you can enjoy your once in a lifetime adventure without having to worry about disease. We can also provide any requested travel medication besides vaccinations, including:

  • Antimalarials
  • Antidiarrheals
  • Motion Sickness Medication
  • Altitude Sickness Medication

Visit us anytime during our hours to receive your vaccination – no appointments necessary! Call us at 850.304.0694 to speak with one of our medical professionals.