It is important to remember that maintaining immunization is a lifelong process.
Foxhall Internists Immunization Clinic’s specially trained staff provide routine and travel vaccinations to individuals age 15 and older.
For routine vaccinations, such as influenza, Tdap, and shingles, you have the option of scheduling an appointment or — if you have a prescription in-hand — of having a walk-in appointment during normal business hours. Routine vaccination appointments are available between available between 9 a.m.to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.
Travel Vaccinations, Medications, and Education
For travel vaccinations, we ask that you schedule an appointment in advance. Travel vaccination appointments are available between 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
All travel vaccinations include an initial consultation to review which vaccinations are needed prior to your travel, as well as general health and safety guidelines (such as food and water concerns) pertinent to each country you are planning to visit. Appropriate vaccinations and medication prescriptions are generally provided at the time of your initial consultation. As some travel vaccinations require multiple visits and/or time for your body to build immunity, it is recommended that you schedule your appointment at least one month prior to travel.
Although progress has been made in the last 10 years toward developing malaria vaccines, there is currently no licensed malaria vaccine on the market. However, there are prescription medicines available to protect you from malaria. The medication is taken before, during, and after your trip.
Vaccinations are not available for some flaviviruses that threaten travelers. However, during your consultation one of our specialists will review important steps you can take to help protect yourself from these viruses when traveling. You can also find useful information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
In areas with poor hygiene, it is important to avoid tap water, including ice, and foods that have not been personally peeled. Despite appropriate precautions, unfortunately bacterial infections causing diarrhea are common. Additional information regarding traveler’s diarrhea is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Altitude illness is characterized by headache, shortness of breath, and light-headedness. Risk factors include: fast ascent (greater than 3,000 feet per day), altitude greater than 6,000 feet, strenuous activity at high altitude, and a previous history of altitude illness. The best way to prevent altitude illness is a slow ascent. Overexertion during the first few days and excess dietary salt should be avoided. Altitude illness can occasionally be very severe and may require prompt medical attention. Additional information regarding altitude illness is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Foxhall Internists Immunization Clinic Director
Pamela Prindle RN, BSN, has been a member of the staff at Foxhall Internists since 2005. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins Nursing School in Baltimore. Ms. Prindle has extensive experience in vaccinations and travel medicine, and is an active member of of International Society of Travel Medicine, American Travel Health Nurses Association, and the American Nursing Association.