TRAVEL VACCINE SERVICES
Travel Vaccine Services Offered by BeFit Health Services, Inc.
BeFit Health Services provides a number of prevention based vaccines for your personal or business use to ensure protection against disease. Our convenient service includes home, office or clinic vaccine administration.
Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)
Vaccine Information Statements (VIS’s) are information sheets provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine. Federal law requires that a VIS be offered before certain vaccines are given.
Click on Vaccine Name to download the CDC VIS.
Yellow Fever is a serious viral disease spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. The disease cannot be spread directly from person to person. Yellow Fever can be found in parts of Africa and South America. The Yellow Fever vaccine can only be given to individuals 9 months of age or older. A Yellow Fever booster is required every 10 years. An International Certificate of Vaccination (yellow card) should be received after vaccination, becomes valid 10 days later and is good for 10 years. You will need this card as proof of vaccination to enter certain countries.
Hepatitis A (2 dose series)
Hepatitis A (HAV) is a viral infection of the liver spread through contaminated food, water or shellfish. Transmission of Hepatitis A is primarily from person to person through fecal contamination and oral ingestion. Anyone can be vaccinated, but high risk groups include: travelers, military, communities or ethnic groups with higher incidence of HAV or community outbreak, laboratory, veterinary, institutional workers, IV users, or persons with chronic liver disease. The vaccine is a two-part series with initial dose and booster six to twelve months later.
Hepatitis B (3 dose series)
Hepatitis B is a serious, acute, often chronic disease of the liver. Chronic Hepatitis B can lead to liver damage (cirrhosis), liver cancer, and death. Hepatitis B is spread through contact with blood or body fluids of an infected person. It is recommended that anyone 18 years of age or younger receive the vaccine and adults older than 18 who are at risk. The vaccine is a three-part series with an initial dose, 2nd dose one month later, and a booster in six months.
Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (DPT)
Tetanus is a serious disease that causes a generalized painful tightening of the muscles. Tetanus can also lead to ‘lock jaw’ and death. Diphtheria causes a thick coating in the nose, throat, or airways and can lead to breathing problems, heart failure, paralysis, and death. Pertussis (whooping cough) is the only vaccine - preventable disease on the rise in the U.S. and is on the rise internationally. DPT vaccine is the most effective form of treatment and prevention. The DPT is recommended as a one-time adult booster followed in 10 years by a TD booster and every ten years thereafter.
Pneumococcal disease is a serious disease that causes illness and death from bacterial infections of the lungs, blood, and covering of the brain. It kills more people in the U.S. each year than all other vaccine preventable diseases combined. Resistance of the bacteria to antibiotics (i.e. Penicillin) makes treatment difficult and prevention through vaccination extremely important. The Pneumococcal vaccine protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria and reportedly lasts five to ten years depending on age and medical condition. At greatest risk are persons ages 50 and older, the very young and people with chronic health problems.
Often confused with the common cold because of its similar symptoms, influenza (flu) has an estimated 30 to 50 million cases worldwide each year. Influenza affects people of all ages, with symptoms such as chills, fever, and many respiratory symptoms. The vaccine helps employees stay healthy and on the job and is optimally given in October, November, and December each year. An annual vaccine is required because the viruses that cause influenza change often requiring the vaccine to be updated annually. Vaccination at the work-site helps to maximize employee participation and to decrease time lost off the job. Intranasal Influenza vaccine is also available.
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
Measles, Mumps and Rubella are serious diseases that are spread from an infected person through the air. Effects are rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation, fever, headache, swollen glands, fever, and arthritis. One dose is recommended for adults 18 and older born after 1956. People with diseases that effect the immune system, cancer, taking cancer treatment, low platelet count or who have recently had a blood transfusion are strongly encouraged to receive the MMR vaccine.
Haemophilus Influenza Type B (HIB)
HIB is a serious disease caused by a bacteria spread from person to person. HIB is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis, which is an infection of the brain and spinal cord coverings that leads to brain damage. Other diseases that spread from HIB are pneumonia, infections, and death. The HIB vaccine is recommended for children 5 years old and younger and for adults with special health conditions.
Polio is a disease caused by a virus, which enters the body through the mouth. The most dangerous consequence of polio is paralysis or death; the disease is controlled in the US, but in some parts of the world the disease is common among the masses. Adults who travel to places with polio outbreaks, laboratory workers who handle the virus, and health care workers who treat the disease need to be vaccinated.
Typhoid fever immunization is recommended for all travelers going to under-developed countries especially those in Central and South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Indian sub-continent. The countries at highest risk are Peru, India, Pakistan, and Chile. However, about half of all cases of typhoid fever reported in American tourists are acquired from travel to Mexico even though the risk of disease is lower there. Typhoid fever is generally spread person to person especially by food handlers who do not wash their hands adequately after bowel movements. Visitors who stray off the beaten path and eat meals prepared at food stands or by street vendors are at highest risk.
Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection of the brain, blood, and the coverings of the spinal cord. 10-15% of the 2,600 people who contract the disease die each year even with antibiotic treatment. Other than death, there are other serious effects such as loss of limbs, loss of hearing, mental retardation, stroke, and seizure. The Meningococcal vaccine is not recommended for everyone, but people who are traveling where the disease is common (West Africa), people with damaged or no spleen, U.S. Military recruits, and students living in a dormitory are encouraged to be vaccinated.
This common disease is usually mild, but some select cases have ended in death. It is spread from person to person by contact with fluid from the chickenpox blisters. Most people who get the chickenpox vaccine will not get chickenpox. But if someone who has been vaccinated does get chickenpox, it is usually very mild. They will have fewer spots, are less likely to have a fever, and will recover faster. People who do not get the vaccine until 13 years of age or older should receive the two dose series.
Shingles is caused by the Varicella Zoster virus, the same virus that causes Chickenpox. Anyone who has had Chickenpox or the vaccine can contract shingles. The virus stays in a person’s body and can reappear years later as shingles. Shingles is more common in people with a weakened immune system or people 50 years of age and older. A single dose of the shingles vaccine (available since 2006) is recommended for anyone ages 60 and older by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) whether they’ve had shingles before or not. The vaccine may prevent the rash, but if not, it can reduce the nerve pain.
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