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Welcome to New York Traveler’s Health Clinic!

We are a part of Kanghan Family Health Center and located in Flushing, New York.

As one of the designated travel medicine clinics in Queens, we offer all required and recommended vaccinations for travel. Per the Center for Disease Control recommendation, please schedule an appointment to see us 4-6 weeks prior to your travel to ensure timely vaccinations.

The following are the travel vaccinations we offer at our clinic:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Typhoid
  • Cholera
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Hepatitis A
  • Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis)
  • Rabies

If you have any questions regarding a specific vaccine or a destination or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 718-762-4230.

Travel Medicine

What is yellow fever?
Yellow fever is a tropical disease that is spread to humans by infected mosquitoes.

What is the infectious agent that causes yellow fever?
Yellow fever is caused by the yellow fever virus.

Where is yellow fever found?
Yellow fever is found only in parts of South America and Africa. There are two kinds of yellow fever, spread by two different cycles of infection.
Jungle yellow fever is mainly a disease of monkeys. It is spread from infected mosquitoes to monkeys in the tropical rain forest. People get jungle yellow fever when they put themselves in the middle of this natural cycle and are bitten by mosquitoes that have been infected by monkeys. Jungle yellow fever is rare and occurs mainly in persons who work in tropical rain forests.
Urban yellow fever is a disease of humans. It is spread by mosquitoes that have been infected by other people. Aedes aegypti is the type of mosquito that usually carries yellow fever from human to human. These mosquitoes have adapted to living among humans in cities, towns, and villages. They breed in discarded tires, flower pots, oil drums, and water storage containers close to human dwellings. Urban yellow fever is the cause of most yellow fever outbreaks and epidemics.

How do people get yellow fever?
People get yellow fever from the bite of an infected female mosquito. The mosquito injects the yellow fever virus into the bite.

What are the signs and symptoms of yellow fever?
Many yellow fever infections are mild, but the disease can cause severe, life-threatening illness. Symptoms of severe infection are high fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, vomiting, and backache. After a brief recovery period, the infection can lead to shock, bleeding, and kidney and liver failure. Liver failure causes jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes), which gives yellow fever its name.

How common is yellow fever?
Yellow fever is common in West and Central Africa and in parts of South America. Periodic epidemics in Africa lead to hundreds of thousands of cases. Yellow fever is a very rare cause of illness in U.S. travelers.

Is yellow fever an emerging or re-emerging infectious disease?
Yes. There has been a dramatic re-emergence of yellow fever in Africa and South America since the 1980s.

How can yellow fever be prevented?
Yellow fever can be prevented by vaccination. Travelers should also take precautions against mosquito bites when in areas with yellow fever transmission.
If necessary, get vaccinated for yellow fever before travel.

  • Travelers should get vaccinated for yellow fever before visiting areas where yellow fever is found. In the United States, the vaccine is given only at designated yellow fever vaccination centers.
  • International regulations require proof of yellow fever vaccination for travel to and from certain countries. People who get vaccinated should be given an International Certificate of Vaccination.

Avoid mosquito bites when traveling in tropical areas.
Mosquitoes that spread yellow fever usually bite during the day. Travelers should take steps to reduce contact with mosquitoes when outdoors and inside.
When outside:

  • Wear long-sleeved clothing and long pants. For extra protection, treat clothing with the insecticide permethrin.
  • Use insect repellent on exposed skin. The most effective repellents contain 20% to 35% DEET (N,N-diethylmethyltoluamide). Follow application instructions carefully when using these products.

When inside:
Stay in well-screened areas as much as possible.

  • Spray living and sleeping areas with insecticide.
  • Use a bednet when sleeping in a room that is not screened or air conditioned. For extra protection, treat the bednet with the insecticide permethrin.

About Typhoid Vaccine
Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi. In the United States about 400 cases occur each year, and 75% of these are acquired while traveling internationally. Typhoid fever is still common in the developing world, where it affects about 21.5 million persons each year. Typhoid fever can be prevented and can usually be treated with antibiotics. If you are planning to travel outside the United States, you should know about typhoid fever and what steps you can take to protect yourself.

About Rabies Vaccine
What kind of vaccine is the rabies vaccine?

Although the two brands of vaccine available in the U.S. are prepared in different ways, both of them are made from inactivated, or killed, virus. Both types are considered equally safe and effective. The vaccine is given in the deltoid muscle as a series of 3-5 shots.

Who should get this vaccine?
Rabies vaccine is recommended for

• Persons in high-risk occupational groups, such as veterinarians, animal handlers, and certain laboratory workers
• Persons whose activities bring them in frequent contact with rabies virus or potentially rabid bats, raccoons, skunks, cats, dogs, or other species at risk for having rabies
• International travelers who are likely to come in contact with animals in areas where dog rabies is common, especially if they will have limited access to appropriate medical care

Can the vaccine protect you if you've already been exposed to rabies?
Yes. The vaccine is only routinely recommended for persons in groups at high-risk of exposure. Vaccinating the entire population against a rare disease they are unlikely to ever encounter isn't practical, yet anyone could have an unexpected encounter with a bat or other potentially infected animal. Fortunately, because rabies usually has a long incubation period, the body has time to respond and develop antibodies to a vaccine given after an exposure.

Who should get this vaccine?
Many people are recommended to receive hepatitis A vaccine, including people at increased risk for exposure to HAV infection and people who are more likely to get seriously ill if infected with HAV. According to CDC recommendations, people who should be vaccinated include:

• All children at age 1 year (12-23 months)
• People age 12 months or older who are traveling to or working in an area of the world except the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia
• Men who have sex with men
• Users of illicit drugs, injectable or noninjectable
• People who anticipate having close personal contact with an international adoptee from a country of high or intermediate endemicity during the first 60 days following the adoptee’s arrival in the United States
• People who have blood clotting disorders
• People who work with HAV-infected primates or with HAV in a research laboratory setting (no other groups have been shown to be at increased risk for HAV infection because of occupational exposure)
• People with chronic liver disease
• Any person who wishes to be immune to HAV infection

Hepatitis A vaccine is not routinely recommended for healthcare workers, sewage workers, or daycare providers. Children who are not vaccinated by age two years should be vaccinated as soon as feasible.

How many doses of hepatitis A vaccine are recommended for full protection?
Two doses are recommended. The second dose is given no sooner than six months after the first dose.

About Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine

Q. How is Japanese encephalitis transmitted?
A. By rice field breeding mosquitoes (primarily the Culex tritaeniorhynchus group) that become infected with Japanese encephalitis virus (a flavivirus antigenically related to St. Louis encephalitis virus).

Q. How do people get Japanese encephalitis?
A. By the bite of mosquitoes infected with the Japanese encephalitis virus.

Q. What is the basic transmission cycle?
A. Mosquitoes become infected by feeding on domestic pigs and wild birds infected with the Japanese encephalitis virus. Infected mosquitoes then transmit the Japanese encephalitis virus to humans and animals during the feeding process. The Japanese encephalitis virus is amplified in the blood systems of domestic pigs and wild birds.

If you need further information, please click http://www.cdc.gov.

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