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Travel health advice and vaccines in California


We provide a comprehensive travel health service in convenient city-center locations across California.

We can recommend and administer travel vaccines such as hepatitis A and yellow fever. And we can tell you what health risks and threats you may be exposed to during foreign travel.

We provide a bespoke travel health service tailored to your health needs and the risks you will face on your trip abroad. To make a travel health appointment in California, please select your nearest city.

Travel health recommendations for vacations and leisure travel

When you go on vacation abroad, it’s important to remember that you may be exposed to viruses and bacteria that you don’t experience in California. So you’ll need to take a few extra steps to protect your health.

For some destinations, our travel nurses will recommend you get vaccinated against food and water-borne diseases like hepatitis A. For other destinations, you may need to get shots against insect-carried diseases such as tick-borne encephalitis. And some travelers may be taking part in activities that increase their risk of exposure to rabies – for example, if you will be visiting caves.

When you come for your travel health appointment, tell us what activities you have planned, and we will recommend the right vaccines for your vacation.

Where in California can I get vaccines for business travel?

Any business trip has it’s own risk profile. Some industries and work activities will expose you to insect bites; others to healthcare transmitted infections. Or you may be working in a place with a compromised infrastructure which will expose you to food- and water-borne pathogens such as hepatitis A, cholera and typhoid. People working in agriculture may be at increased risk of tick bites, which can expose you to tick-borne encephalitis. Or you may be at risk from mosquito-borne diseases like malaria or Japanese encephalitis when visiting rice paddies or other agricultural sites.

When is the best time to get travel health advice?

Ideally, we would like you to make an appointment at one of our California-based travel vaccine clinics six to eight weeks before your departure. Some vaccines have to be given in multiple spaced doses. And others may not be fully effective for a week or ten days.

But if you are traveling sooner than six weeks, come and see us. We can still help you with travel health advice to reduce your risk of exposure to disease-causing organisms. And some vaccines may offer partial protection even if the course is incomplete. Other vaccines are available on an accelerated schedule.

So make an appointment today – we often have same-day slots in our Californian travel health clinics.

How long will I have to wait for my travel vaccines?

We have most of the common travel vaccines in stock, and we have reliable supplies of top-quality vaccine products at our California travel health clinics.

In many cases, we can give your first vaccine doses during your initial appointment. You can make appointments for any subsequent doses and return at a time that is convenient to you.

Some vaccines are effective very soon after your injection; others will take full effect after a week or ten days.

What vaccine certificates do I need for my trip abroad?

For some destinations, you’ll need to show proof of vaccination against yellow fever and/or meningococcal meningitis. We will tell you if you are visiting any country that requires a vaccine certificate, and we can administer these vaccines and give you certificates of vaccination.

If you attempt to enter these countries without the correct vaccine certificate, you may be turned away, or you could be required to get vaccinated at the airport.

We are on the U.S. Yellow Fever Vaccination Center Registry, so we are approved by the Centers for Disease Controls to administer yellow fever shots.

And we can provide a certificate of vaccination against meningococcal meningitis for travel to Saudi Arabia.

It’s best to get professional advice about which travel health certificate you will need for your trip abroad. The rules can change without notice as governments respond to unfolding health situations. Global Travel Clinics nurses and pharmacists have access to professional healthcare resources which may be more up to date than those available to the public.

Longer travel health appointments for complex health needs and longer trips

If you need a longer and more detailed discussion with our travel health advisers, we can arrange that. Book two appointments back-to-back to get the time you need. We recommend this for:

  • people taking a longer trip with multiple destinations
  • anyone with a chronic illness
  • people who are pregnant or breastfeeding

Vaccines available at Global Travel Clinics’ California branches

We can give you all the most common travel vaccines including:

We can administer catch-up shots for vaccines commonly given to people living in the US:

Do I need to pay for travel vaccines?

Travel vaccines are not free, so you will have to pay for them.

We are transparent about our prices, and we will always tell you how much you will have to pay for your travel shots.

If you have any questions about how much your travel health appointment will cost, please call us on +1 888 351 3336 and ask.

The best place to get advice on avoiding malaria in California

Malaria is a dangerous mosquito-borne feverish illness that can make you very unwell. It is endemic to some regions, and if you plan to travel in the tropics, you may need to protect yourself by taking a course of antimalarial tablets.

You will need to start your course of antimalarials before arrival at your destination to ensure the drugs provide good protection

You can get a prescription for antimalarials in California by making an appointment with us ahead of your trip abroad.

Travel health professionals recommend backing up the actions of the antimalarials you are taking before, during and after your trip abroad by avoiding insect bites.

It’s a good idea to be cautious with any feverish illness that comes up after travel. Consult your family doctor, and let them know that you’ve been abroad.

Reliable TB testing in California

Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious infectious bacterial disease that can be fatal. It is becoming more common, and if you are worried that you’ve been exposed to TB, you can get a test for your peace of mind. We can quickly and easily administer the TB test in our California testing centers.