Travel FAQs

How soon should I start getting my immunizations before travel?

Ideally, you should see a health care provider four to six weeks prior to your departure date. Some vaccine series, however, can take even longer to complete.

Will my insurance cover my visit?

Immunizations for the purpose of travel are not typically covered by health insurance; therefore, we are unable to file insurance for your visit or immunizations. We accept cash, check, or credit cards for payment. We can provide you with a receipt of your charges and payment received if you wish to self-file a claim with your insurance company.

Will I see a doctor?

Cooper Pediatrics is staffed by three physicians and two nurse practitioners. Depending on the time of your visit and your personal preferences, you may see either a physician or a nurse practitioner.

How can I find out what immunizations are recommended for my travel?

This will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation at Cooper Pediatrics. If you would like to review the information prior to the appointment, please go to www.cdc.gov/travel for current recommendations and requirements. Other information, including health precautions you should take while traveling, are also on these sites and will be discussed at your consultation.

What is the difference between required immunizations and recommended?

A required vaccination is one for which formal proof of immunization is needed in order to enter one of the destination countries. This immunization needs to be administered at least 10 days prior to entry. A recommended immunization is one that is suggested to protect travelers from illnesses while out of the country, but is not required by any government for entry.

Do my children need vaccines?

Children are at the same risk as adults for the disease listed for each country and should be protected by immunizations. Some foreign travel immunizations cannot be given to infants and small children.

Can I receive vaccines if I am pregnant?

You should check with your health care provider before scheduling any immunizations. Some travel immunizations have not been studied in pregnant women; therefore, the safety rate is not adequately documented.

Can you provide a yellow card?

The yellow card is the International Certificate of Vaccination, which is used most specifically to document yellow fever immunization and other required vaccinations. A yellow card will be provided at the time of your immunization.

Can my whole family of four come at one time?

Our receptionist can assist you with scheduling your family’s appointments by calling 678-473-4738 or emailing receptionist@cooperpediatrics.com . We will help you schedule a time that is convenient for the whole family.

Can I just walk in for an appointment during the week?

All travel appointments need to be scheduled by calling 678-473-4738 or emailing receptionist@cooperpediatrics.com

Can I get medications for diarrhea and altitude sickness during my travel clinic appointment?

You will need to talk to your personal physician to obtain these medications as our providers can only provide prescriptions for malaria prophylaxis and oral typhoid vaccines. If your child(ren) is a patient at Cooper Pediatrics, however, we can accommodate these request for the children.

I have a compromised immune system. Can I receive vaccines?

If you have an autoimmune condition or compromised immune system, we recommend that you discuss all immunizations with your personal physician and get an approval prior to your travel consultation. Most vaccines can still be given.

We have a group traveling to the same location and we would like to come to Cooper Pediatrics together. Is that possible?

Arrangements for large groups can be made through the Cooper Pediatrics’ receptionist at 678-473-4738 or via email receptionist@cooperpediatrics.com

I only need malaria medication. Why do I need a travel clinic appointment?

Even if you are only interest in getting malaria prophylaxis, you still need to schedule a travel consultation with one of our healthcare providers to go over all the specific recommendations for your trip and discuss the appropriate medications. Many travelers are unaware that their vaccines are not up to date and may need new vaccines or boosters.

I grew up in the country I am visiting and will be visiting family and friends. Why do I need immunizations?

If you have lived in the US for more than a few years, your immunity to infectious disease in your home country has likely lapsed and immunizations can help keep you well during your visit. It is important to immunize your children born here prior to their visit abroad as they may be at higher risk of a variety of illnesses while staying in homes and neighborhoods than if they were staying in resort accommodations.

"Behold, children are a gift of the Lord;
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them."
Psalm 127:3a,5a