Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I need to bring to my appointment?
Vaccination records! (Telling us you got routine vaccinations as a child or that you are up to date will not provide necessary information). If you do not know of any vaccinations that you have had we will discuss your needs specific to the trip but often this will mean more vaccinations are needed. The best way to find this information is by calling your primary care provider.
A current medication list, or the bottles themselves. Some medicines can influence our choice of vaccines and medications.
- Do you accept medical insurance?
Payment for the vaccines and services are due at the time of your visit. We will give you the documentation with appropriate billing codes that allow you to submit for insurance reimbursement. Using money from a health care savings account is a good option, if available.
- Can you tell me over the phone the specific vaccines that I need?
No. This requires and evaluation from a licensed practitioner and will be specific to your medical health history as well as your destination. You can visit the CDC website for guidance but it is not specific to your exact medical needs.
- Do I need to see my regular care doctor for travel as well?
No. Here at ITM you will see a physician or licensed nurse practitioner and we will complete a medical history, write orders for medications that are safest for your specific needs and provide all appropriate counseling about safe traveling.
- Do I receive vaccines at the first visit?
Yes, most travel requires only one visit. But calling as soon as you make your travel arrangements will allow plenty of time to get vaccinated and allow for safer travels. A few vaccines require several doses prior to travel.
- How soon before I travel do I need to come to ITM clinic?
As soon as you book your flight is a good time to call for an appointment but at minimum 2 weeks prior to your travel to allow for the vaccines to work. Yellow fever vaccination must be administered 10 days before arrival into many countries.
- Why do I need vaccinations?
International treaties and the laws of some countries can require vaccination for entry. Yellow fever and meningococcal vaccines are examples. Other vaccines are used to decrease the risk of contracting vaccine preventable diseases. While some vaccines may be for illnesses unusual in the United States, we may recommend other vaccines to prevent diseases seen in other countries as well as in the United States. Often we find patients are not up to date with vaccines recommended in the United States.
- How are you different from other travel medicine clinics?
Indiana Travel Medicine is staffed by licensed prescribing providers (either an MD or nurse practitioner). There is no need to go elsewhere for your prescriptions for travel from another provider who may not be familiar with the safest and best medications for you as a traveler. We want your trip to be as safe as possible and will discuss things you can do to make it safe including vaccines, medications, and behaviors.
We are able to take care of complicated travelers – from birth to adulthood, and those with complicated medical conditions.