International Travel Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions & Prices

How can I make an appointment?
  • Call 918-633-2542.  Barbara will set up a time for your consultation.  With the technology available today, we can provide the consultation over the phone or skype.  This has received a very positive response as it truly helps the busy traveler and you do not need to be in the medical office for an extended period along with those who are ill. After the consultation which takes from 30-60 minutes,  a care plan will be devised and sent to you and to the medical office. You will then call the office at 918-307-2273 for a convenient appointment time to have your immunizations.  The medical office is located at 8803 S. 101st East Avenue, Suite 200.  This is the physician's office building attached to SouthCrest Hospital (new name, Hillcrest South). The signage on the door will say Dr. Scott Cyrus, Children and Adolescent Medical Services.   After your consultation, you will receive via email a copy of things discussed  in order that you can refer to it as needed while preparing for your trip.  You also will receive a copy of the Plan of Care that was discussed as well as vaccine information sheets detailing information about the vaccines you are to receive. Your prescriptions will be forwarded to the pharmacy of your choice enabling you to pick them up at your convenience. 
  Does International Travel Medicine accept insurance?
  • We do not have contracts with, nor submit claims to any insurance company or Medicare.  We will, however, provide you with an itemized "superbill" that you can send to your insurance company.  Any benefits will be paid directly to you, the insured.  Because we do not contract with any insurance company, if you have a HMO plan, you may need to have your PCP order your medications.  

  Will you bill me for consultation and vaccines?
  • We require payment in full at the time services are rendered.  We accept cash, Visa, or MasterCard.

  How far in advance should I make an appointment?
  • Ideally, if you need Hepatitis A or B vaccines you should start the series 6 months before your departure.  However, many travelers do not have that much lead time - so if you have 4 weeks,  you can receive accelerated schedules of these vaccines.
  • Typhoid injection needs 10 days prior to travel, typhoid oral needs 18 days prior to travel to be most effective.
  • Japanese encephalitis needs 30 days prior to departure for the first dose.
  • Rabies needs 21 days prior to departure for the first dose.
  • If in doubt...give us a call and we will help you determine if you will have time for the vaccine to protect you. 

  How long to the vaccines last?  The present data from the CDC indicate
  • yellow fever - 10 years
  • meningitis - 5 years
  • typhoid injection - 2 years    typhoid oral - 5 years
  • tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) -  7 years with international travel
  • polio - one adult booster - lifetime
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) - 2 doses - lifetime
  • Hepatitis A - 2 doses - lifetime
  • Hepatitis B - 3 doses - lifetime
  • Influenza - need yearly
  • Japanese encephalitis - booster after 2-3 years
  • Rabies - titers or booster after 2-3 years

  How much do the vaccines cost?  (prices subject to change)
  • Yellow fever  $150
  • Meningitis $150
  • Typhoid oral $82      typhoid injection $82
  • Polio $55
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) $70
  • MMR $70
  • Hepatitis A  $80
  • Hepatitis B  $70
  • Twinrix (combination Hep A/B)  $125
  • Influenza $30
  • Japanese encephalitis (2 doses) $550
  • Rabies pre-exposure (3 doses) call for pricing - supplies limited in US  4/1/2013 $300 per dose - extremely limited availability

  Is there a charge for the travel medicine consultation?
  • Yes.  While immunizations are an important part of your preparation for travel, the fact remains that most travel related illnesses are those for which no immunizations are available for prevention.  The next best defense is knowledge of what those illnesses are, how they are transmitted, how they can be prevented, what are their signs and symptoms, and how can they be treated.   A travel medicine consultation allows the opportunity for us to review your medical history (your medical problems, medications, allergies, operations, immunizations) and then assess your risk for travel related illness depending on your travel plans.   We then can advise you on the best plan for your specific needs. 
  • Consultation - Single person (30-45 minutes)  $80
  • Groups of 2 or more to same destination  $40 each
  • Consultation for malaria medications only or any other travel meds, for typhoid only or yellow fever only  $50