I will be traveling soon. What vaccines do I need?
The need for vaccines for foreign travel is quite variable depending upon your destination(s) and specific itinerary, age, medical history and vaccination history. When you come for a consult at the Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic, it is very helpful to bring your exact itinerary and immunization records with you.
Can I get the Yellow Fever vaccine through the Travel Clinic?
Yes, the Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic is a World Health Organization (WHO) designated center and has all vaccines approved for use in the United States, including the Yellow Fever vaccine.
For a listing of vaccines offered through the Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic, please refer here.
Do I need to be seen by a Travel Clinic physician each time I travel?
Not necessarily-if you are traveling to the same destination within 6 months of a previous visit to the Travel Clinic, we may be able to manage your informational and prescription needs by telephone.
Will my insurance company cover the cost of Travel Clinic vaccines?
Some insurance companies cover the cost of vaccines. However, it is best to contact your insurance carrier for information specific to your policy, as not all insurance companies cover these costs.
What happens if my insurance company will not cover the cost of the vaccine I need?
Patients are required to pay out-of-pocket at the time of service for all vaccines not covered by insurance. To obtain a vaccine not covered by your insurance provider, call the Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic at (781) 744-3874 to schedule an appointment. On the day of your appointment, you must first pay for your vaccine at the Outpatient Pharmacy located in the main lobby of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. Once you have paid, please proceed to your appointment at the Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic on 7 West.
Will Medicare pay for my travel-related consult or vaccines?
A straight Medicare policy typically does not cover preventive services such as the physician consult through the Travel Clinic or the accompanying “travel vaccines.” In these cases, the patient is billed for what is not covered by the insurance company.