Travel Clinic at Downtown Public Health Center
2124 - 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
Public Health provides a travel assessment and immunizations including timely information about health-related risks while traveling abroad. Prescription medications for malaria prevention, altitude sickness and treatment of travelers' diarrhea and other travel-related conditions are available.
Please be advised, we do not accept private/commercial insurance. You will be responsible for payment of services at the time of your appointment. However, we will provide an itemized statement for you to submit to your insurance for any reimbursement.
- Travel Immunizations by appointment: Monday through Friday.
- Initial travel visits with a nurse are available by appointment.
- Travel prescriptions are available by appointment Monday through Wednesday.
- Download the Travel Clinic Brochure (PDF)
- Visit the CDC Traveler's Health website for updated list of vaccine recommendations and requirements for travel to any country in the world.
When you're traveling abroad, a travel assessment will help you prepare for any health risks of your trip. A travel clinic nurse provides information and emphasizes the best ways to prevent travel-related illnesses. A traveler's regular health care provider should evaluate pre-existing medical conditions.
Please note: A travel assessment is required in order to receive travel immunizations at a Public Health - Seattle & King County clinic. Be prepared to provide answers for the following questions for the assessment:
Review your itinerary
- What countries will you visit, and in what order?
Some countries require proof of vaccination when you enter from certain countries because of diseases that may be occurring in those areas.
- How long will you stay in each country?
With longer trips, you have more potential exposure to insects, food- and water-borne illness and other infectious diseases.
- When does your trip begin?
If you're leaving in less than two weeks, you may not have time to get all the recommended doses of vaccine, or you may not have developed full protection yet.
Risk factors for health problems on your trip
- What type of accommodations will you stay in?
- Where will you eat your meals and get water to drink?
- What types of activities will you participate in on your trip?
Do they involve high altitude, swimming in areas with water-borne bacteria or parasites, possible exposure to bites of domestic or wild animals, etc.?
- Are insects a problem where you're going?
Diseases spread by mosquitoes occur all over the world, even in areas of the world we usually think of as safe (Mexico and Hawaii).
Review of your medical history
- Chronic illnesses or medical conditions
Medical and emergency care while traveling
- Where would you get health care in an emergency during your trip?
- What first aid supplies should you bring with you?
- Do you have prescription medications or eyeglasses?
Vaccine requirements and recommendations
- Which vaccines are required or recommended? What vaccines have you already had?
- How to schedule needed doses-some vaccines may be given together, some must be separated in time from other vaccines, some require more than one dose and have specific minimum time intervals.
- Some vaccines or medications (for example, anti-malarial medication and oral typhoid vaccine) require a prescription.
- Hepatitis B fact sheet
- Hepatitis B vaccine information statement
- CDC Vaccine Information Statement (VIS)
- This may be given in addition to hepatitis A vaccine for some travelers, or instead of hepatitis A vaccine for children under one year of age who are too young to receive the vaccine.
- Immune globulin fact sheet
Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV):
- Inactivated polio vaccine is recommended routinely for children up through age 18 years. IPV may be given to certain adults age 19 and older depending on their travel plans.
- CDC Vaccine Information Statement (VIS)
- Meningococcal vaccine is also available at Eastgate and Columbia Public Health Centers in addition to Public Health's Travel Clinics.
- Two meningococcal vaccines are available: Menactra (meningococcal conjugate vaccine, licensed for age 11 years through 55 years) and Menomune (meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine, licensed for age 2 years and older). All Public Health clinics have Menactra for age 11 years through 18 years, which is routinely recommended for all adolescents. Travel clinics have Menactra for age 19 years and older and Menomune for age 2 years and older.
- Meningococcal vaccine information
- Washington passed a law, RCW 70.95M.115, that restricts the use of vaccines that contain thimerosal for children under 3 years of age and for pregnant women, effective July 1, 2007. The law affects flu vaccine in multiple-dose vials, meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine and Japanese Encephalitis vaccine. Information about RCW 70.95M.115 (PDF).
Typhoid, oral and vi-polysaccharide: