Travel Medicine

Whether you are traveling for work or leisure, it is imperative to make sure you that are fully prepared and protected before you start your journey. NYRC concierge physician on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Petros Efthimiou, MD, offers a broad spectrum travel medicine services for patients preparing for or returning from a trip. Schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment to learn about the mandatory and recommended vaccinations, prophylactic medications, and documentation you need for a safe and uncomplicated journey.

New York Rheumatology Care (NYRC) is a CDC and NY State Certified Yellow Fever (YF) Vaccine Center with authority to sign and stamp the International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV or “yellow card”). The yellow fever virus can be contracted from infected mosquito bites in tropical and subtropical areas in South America and Africa and can be lethal.  In addition to using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing, travelers 9month+ should get vaccinated to prevent infection by the yellow fever virus.  

When seeking yellow fever immunization, allow enough time (at least 10 days) to schedule an appointment before travel. Patients may also visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel for information about which countries require yellow fever vaccination for entry and for which countries the CDC recommends yellow fever vaccination.

YF-VAX vaccine should not be given to an individual who has experienced a serious allergic reaction to eggs, egg products, or to any component of the vaccine (including gelatin). A severe allergic reaction (eg, anaphylaxis) may occur following the use of YF-VAX vaccine, even in individuals with no prior history of hypersensitivity to the vaccine components.

YF-VAX are both live vaccines and the following persons should not receive YF-VAX vaccine: infants younger than 9 months of age, women who are breastfeeding infants younger than 9 months of age, and individuals with a severely suppressed or compromised immune system. Rarely, the yellow fever vaccine has been associated with disease affecting multiple organs, including inflammation of the brain.

NYRC is uniquely qualified to assess risks and benefits of YF-Vax with 20+ years of experience treating immunocompromised patients, patients with autoimmune and Autoinflammatory conditions, patients on immunomodulators and other vulnerable populations, assuring the safe administration of the vaccine.

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