Stanford Travel Clinic

Travel Vaccinations

Contact Information

Stanford Travel Clinic
900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94034
Phone: (650) 736-5700
Scheduling Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm
Travel Clinic Hours
8:30am - 12:00pm

Special Travel Vaccination Requirements

Before traveling to any destination outside the United States, it is important to review your vaccination schedule with your doctor. This should be done as far in advance as possible so that any special travel vaccinations can be scheduled and administered. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people planning to travel review the vaccines below with their doctor before travel begins.

Make a vaccination appointment. For more information about vaccines, please visit the CDC site.

The primary vaccine series

Review your immunization history with your doctor and be sure that infants and children are on schedule with their vaccine series. Adults should have completed the primary series of all childhood vaccines; however, a booster of the adult tetanus-diphtheria (Td) is recommended every 10 years. If an adult younger than 65 has not yet received a tetanus booster shot also containing a pertussis (whooping cough) booster (Tdap), he or she should receive that vaccine instead of Td if he or she is due for a tetanus booster.

What additional travel vaccines are recommended?

The influenza (flu) vaccine is recommended by the CDC for everyone age 6 months and older on an annual basis.

Pneumococcal vaccine is also recommended for people 65 years or older and for other high-risk individuals [those with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, lung problems (including asthma), kidney problems, or problems with their immune systems].

For people who have received a complete series of the polio vaccine, those over the age of 18 traveling to areas of the world where polio is still a risk should receive an additional single dose of the vaccine. Only one additional dosage during adulthood is needed for travelers to risk areas.

People born after 1956 should consider receiving a second dose of measles vaccine before traveling abroad.

What other travel vaccinations may be needed?

Many of these travel vaccines can be given at the same time without any decrease in their effectiveness. Consult with your doctor for more information regarding the proper administration of these travel shots and medications.

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