When is it best to visit us?
At least 4 to 6 weeks prior the travel.
Which are the countries that require travellers to make arrangements for some sort of vaccination before visiting?
In the temperate zone: Europe, North America, and Australia can generally be considered as safe areas. At the same time, also in these areas vaccination advice is subject to activities planned (e.g. hunting, wilderness trekking, festival attendance, charity work, ongoing local epidemics, special patient groups). Travellers to all other countries are strongly advised to inquire about the necessary vaccination before going.
Besides, those travelling to the USA and Canada for studying and applicants for a residence visa in the USA must verify having certain vaccines by the International Vaccination Certificate issued by an international vaccination center.
What should I bring with me?
Medical documentation if you have any ongoing chronic diseases, went through a major surgery recently, known immune deficiency, immunosuppressive treatment, or neoplastic disease; a list of currently taken medication.
Documentation of prior vaccination (booklet or International Vaccination Certificate)
Is there a fee to pay for this service?
Vaccines available from us and their administration are client-requested, not part of mandatory campaign vaccination, thus we operate as a paid service.
What makes up the amount to pay?
Base fee/consultation fee, vaccine administration fee, price of vaccine; if necessary: vaccine documentation fee, laboratory sample collection, processing, evaluation fee.
I am traveling together with my family/partner. Are your quoted service fees on a per capita or a per group basis?
Prices shown are of course per capita; we deal with each person of your family individually.
Who will deal with me, who will administer the vaccine?
Consultation, examination, and vaccine administration are carried out by medical specialist operating as a vaccinic physician.
I have a fear of needles. How painful is the vaccination procedure?
Vaccine volumes are usually 0.5 to 1 mL; they come in pre-filled syringes complete with a short needle for intramuscular or subcutaneous administration. Vaccines are administered after bringing them to room temperature. The procedure involves minimal pain; bleeding is not typical.
Am I to expect any side effects?
Possible vaccine reactions are listed on the label in categories of frequency and are all read aloud before administration. Generally, most of our vaccine recipients experience no vaccine reactions at all; if they do, the most common symptoms are elevated temperature, fever, general malaise, fatigue, and “heavy arm” sensation.
My travel is in a few days; is it still worth seeking advice or getting vaccinated?
It depends on many factors; most vaccines produce immunity in 7 to 28 days. In cases when travel starts sooner than this, we can give practical advice on how to bridge the period until full immunity develops.
I do not know what infectious disease I may have undergone, and have no vaccination documentation. Can we still get started somehow?
Yes, of course. Serological tests, a detailed medical history, and age itself can point to certain diseases having been undergone in the past, against which one are you protected.
I am pregnant or nursing. Is it safe for me to be vaccinated?
Vaccines containing weakened (attenuated) rather than killed viruses — e.g. yellow fever, mumps and rubeola — are not suggested during pregnancy, and can only be given upon individual judgment, which our vaccination physicians will assist with. However, preparations containing killed pathogens are safe to use in this period as well.
During breastfeeding time, both types of vaccines can be safely given.