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The Travelers' Advice and Immunization Practices specialize in the care of the routine adult and pediatric traveler, as well as care of the long-term, high risk, specialty, immunocompromised, pediatric or pregnant traveler. Services offered include: Complete pre-travel medical evaluation, including education about prevention of illness (food and water precautions, mosquito precautions, precautions for altitude sickness) and immunizations and prophylaxis. Immunizations which are available include yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, hepatitis A, rabies, meningococcal meningitis, tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis and others. We also offer prophylaxis for malaria and diarrheal diseases. We provide care to adults, children, and families.

These practices also serve as full immunization centers for routine and specialty vaccines unrelated to international travel, including vaccines against chicken pox (varicella), zoster (shingles), pneumococcus (pneumonia vaccine), Haemophilus influenzae b (Hib), meningococcus (meningitis vaccine), hepatitis B, rabies (pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis), measles/mumps/rubella, tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis, polio, human papillomavirus (HPV), and others.

Many immunizations require multiple injections and take weeks to reach full effectiveness, so please make your appointment as soon after you make your travel plans as possible.

The MGH Travel & Immunization Center is a Member of the Global TravEpiNet Program.  Global TravEpiNet is a national network of travel clinics across the United States. The network is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is aimed at advancing the health of individuals who travel internationally. The network is co-ordinated by the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Location:

Cox Building, 5th Floor , Massachusetts General Hospital

Phone:

(617) 724-6454

Please call 866-211-6588 to register with the Hospital before calling to make and appointment.

Hours (by appointment only):

Monday 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9 AM- 4:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM- 3:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Billing/Referrals/Payment:

All insurance carriers are welcome; however, many insurance carriers require prior authorization and referral from a primary care provider. It should be noted that not all services may be covered by an insurance carrier even with prior authorization. Please call (617) 724-6454 for further assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need any shots for my up-coming trip?
  • Do I need to take malaria pills?
  • What if I get sick?

For answers to these and other questions, please explore the Travel Health Website mantained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention at wwwn.cdc.gov/travel

Links:

 
MGH Division of Infectious Diseases MGH Homepage