UPDATE: Due to a national shortage, we do not carry the Yellow Fever vaccine at this time.
Please check the Lowell General Hospital new visitor policy effective September 16.
The vaccines you need will vary, depending upon the particular countries you are visiting. During your consultation, we will review your itinerary, current medical conditions and medications to determine which vaccines are recommended for you.
In general, you should get your vaccinations one month in advance of your trip, as it may take several weeks to achieve full immunity. However, some vaccines do require a second dose and need more time for the immunity to take effect. We advise you to get a consultation as soon as possible, once you have made your travel plans.
A second visit is usually not needed for most vaccines. However, some such as Japanese encephalitis, requires a second dose, a month after the first is given.
The physician will discuss any vaccine specific risks, however, generally there are possibilities of developing fever, rash at the injection site or an allergic reaction.
Circle Health Urgent Care is a designated Yellow Fever site. Due to a national shortage, we do not carry the Yellow Fever vaccine at this time. Until we receive our supply, we will direct patients to sites in the area that offers the vaccine now.
Be very cautious about drinking water in third world countries. Avoid ice cubes, and try not to ingest any water when taking a shower or brushing your teeth – use bottled water instead.
If you are in an area with a risk of malaria, wear clothing with long sleeves, pants and hats, and use netting around your bed. An insect repellent with DEET is the most effective for preventing bites.
We are available to address all of your urgent care needs, including any post-travel medical concerns.