International travel continues to grow each year
- Travelers range in age from very young infants to elderly and travel for a variety of reasons including: tourism & adventure, business, study abroad & research, mission work, or response to international disasters.
- The risk of becoming ill during travel depends on many factors including, but not limited to: region of world visited, traveler’s age & health status, immunization history, length of trip, & diversity of planned activities.
- For people planning to travel out of the United States, particularly to developing countries such as Africa, Asia, & Latin America, it is important to talk to a physician who has expert knowledge of travel medicine as far in advance of your travel as possible.
- Travel medicine physicians are up to date on international health regulations as well as which vaccines or medications would be needed in preparation of your trip.
- For more information on international travel click on “Healthy Travel” CDC link.
Listed below are a few local travel medicine physicians:
Garden State Travel Health Services
709 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd.
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Dr. Michael J. Barnish, D.O., F.A.C.O.I.
Cooper Internal/Travel Medicine
196 Grove Rd., Suite C
West Deptford, NJ 08086
Dr. Anjali Desai, M.D.
Dr. Anthony Sherman, M.D.
If you have specific questions please contact us at (856) 218-4102.
Immunizations are essential to protect children from many devastating diseases. But adults need immunizations to protect themselves and their loved ones as well. NJ Department of Health reports that thousands of adults die each year from diseases for which an immunization is available. Routine vaccinations are recommended even if you do not travel.
Click the following link http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read.pdf to view the recommended adult immunization schedule and make sure every member of your family gets all needed immunizations.
The following adult vaccines are available at the Gloucester County Department of Health by appointment. For individuals who do not have medical insurance or whose medical insurance does not cover immunizations.
Gloucester County Department of Health & Human Services
Office @ East Holly 204 East Holly Avenue Sewell, NJ 08080
For adults who travel internationally, international adoption, chronic liver disease, hemophilia, IV drug use, men having sex with men, or is in close contact of a person with an acute infection and has not previously been vaccinated.
For adults who live with someone who has chronic Hep B infection; anyone who has occupational risk of blood exposure, age 60 and under who have diabetes,international travel to endemic area, IV drug use, men having sex with men, hemophila, chronic liver disease and who has not previously been vaccinated.
Twinrix (combination Hep A and Hep B)
For adults as listed above
HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
For men and women 19 to 26 years of age, to prevent cervical cancer and genital warts. It is a series of 3 doses.
Annually for all adults.
For individuals 19-55 years of age at increased risk for meningococcal disease are recommended to be vaccinated including college freshman living in dormitories, laboratory personnel working with the bacteria, military personnel, certain travelers, or those who are immune compromised.
MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
For adults who lacks evidence of immunity, especially women of child bearing age.
Cause of bacterial pneumonia in adults; a one time dose of two different Pneumococcal vaccines (Prevnar 13 + PPSV 23) are recommended for adults over the age of 65, and multiple doses may be recommended for adults with chronic medical conditions.
Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis)
For adults 19 years of age & over. It is a one time substitute for a Td booster in everyone, especially those who are around children.
For adults 19 years of age and older. Booster dose every 10 years.
Varicella (Chicken pox)
For adults who have not had a documented case of chicken pox and have not been vaccinated; especially women of child bearing age.
For adults over the age of 60 regardless of your history of chicken pox.
Vaccine supply is limited and not guaranteed.
Must be a New Jersey resident
Contact the Health Department @ (856) 218-4127 for information about eligibility and availability.
For More Information on Immunizations:
NJ Department of Health
Vaccine Preventable Disease Program
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Vaccines & Immunizations
Immunization Action Coalition