Do you have any age restrictions on who you can immunize?
Yes. Due to Wisconsin state law, pharmacists are only allowed to give vaccinations to people 6 or older.
We can still help obtain travel medicine (for example, malaria prevention medication, traveler’s diarrhea medication, etc.) for younger travelers.
How do I make a pre-travel appointment?
Please call 608-835-3191 to schedule your pre-travel appointment.
How far in advance do I need to be seen?
Most vaccines take several weeks to become effective and may require more than one shot. We suggest seeing us at least 6 weeks prior to your anticipated departure. It is never too early to come see us! If you’ve missed the 6 week window, send us an email and we’ll see what we can do for you.
Will my health insurance cover the pre-travel visit and vaccinations?
Please be aware your medical insurance will NOT cover your travel consultation or your vaccinations at the time of your visit, so be prepared to pay for your visit and vaccinations at the time of your appointment. The Safe Travels pre-travel consult is a flat, one-time, fee. The cost of your vaccinations will vary depending on the type of vaccine you receive. Click Here For our Vaccine and Consult Price List.
We will provide you with a form you can submit to your health insurance to try to obtain reimbursement for the services you received. There is no guarantee your insurance will reimburse you.
What vaccines are needed for travel?
It depends on where you are traveling to and what vaccines you may have already received. Recommendations regarding pre-travel vaccines and medications will be made based on your personal travel plans including your destinations, planned activities, length of stay and health history. For more information on what you may need you can visit www.cdc.gov/travel
What is the difference between a REQUIRED vaccination, a RECOMMENDED vaccination, and a ROUTINE vaccination?
Some countries require proof of vaccination before you are allowed to enter their country. For example, International Health Regulations require yellow fever vaccination for travel to certain countries of sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America. Meningococcal vaccination is required by the government of Saudi Arabia for annual travel during the Hajj.
Some vaccines are recommended to protect travelers from illnesses present in other parts of the world and to prevent the importation of infectious diseases across international borders. Which vaccines you will need depends on where you are going, the season in which you’re traveling, your age and health status, and immunization history.
Routine vaccines protect you from diseases still common in many parts of the world even though they rarely occur in the United States. To see if you are up to date with your routine vaccinations, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/.
Do I need an immunization certificate for international travel?
If you are traveling to (or passing through) Africa or South America, you may require an International Certificate of Vaccination against yellow fever. A yellow fever vaccine can only be administered by a certified yellow fever center. (Hometown Safe Travels is a certified yellow fever site and we can provide the necessary documentation you will need.)
What if I already know exactly which vaccines I need? Do I still need to schedule a pre-travel appointment?
No, if you already know which vaccines you need a pre-travel consultation is not necessary. To schedule an appointment for vaccine administration only, please call 608-835-3191.