Frequently Asked Questions

How soon should I start my shots?
As soon as you have made your travel arrangements, call us. Depending on your itinerary, we will be able to advise you on the best time you should schedule your appointment.
Can I get these shots from my doctor?
Travel medicine is a specialized field that requires up-to-date knowledge of vaccine requirements and recommendations as well as travel advisories around the world.
My travel agent says that there are no requirements for the countries that I'll be visiting. Does that mean I do not need any immunizations?
Not necessarily. Recommended vaccines should be taken just as seriously as required vaccines. Many travelers are under the impression that if there are no requirements then there is no risk, leaving them vulnerable to vaccine preventable diseases.
If I take all my routine, required and recommended vaccines, will I be completely protected from all diseases when I visit a developing country?
No. We can only vaccinate against certain diseases. The travel clinic will advise you regarding other diseases and how to reduce your risk by taking food and water precautions and preventative measures against insect bites, etc.
I contracted malaria about five years ago when I was a missionary in Peru. Am I now immune to malaria?
Probably not. Immunity should never be assumed, regardless of the severity of infection or how many times you may have gotten malaria. When you visit malarial areas of the world, you should take strict mosquito precautions and take the prescribed malaria medicine.
  • Member of the following organizations:

    • International Society of Travel Medicine
    • International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
    • American Public Health Association
  • Edward Lister, RN, BS, DT Med (UK), ASTM-RCPS (UK) Owner, CTH™

    Bruce Lloyd, MD, Medical Director
    69-846 Hwy 111, Suite D
    Rancho Mirage, CA. 92270

    Office: 760-321-0967
    Fax: 760-321-0682