KIDZ Immunization Center
Travel Medicine Services at KIDZ Medical Services
Traveling to different countries can be exciting. However, when you travel to a tropical or developing country, you may be unsure about the safety and quality of food and water, as well as possible exposure to mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects and animals.
Certain vaccine-preventable illnesses (such as polio, measles, rubella) may be endemic in the countries you are traveling to. If you do not know how to protect your family against them, you are taking a huge and unnecessary health risk.
At KIDZ Medical Services’ KIDZ Immunization Center, our goal is to help keep your trip free from illness. To meet this goal, you will be asked to complete a detailed questionnaire regarding your health and your travel itinerary. This will help us make appropriate recommendations for vaccinations and preventive medications for your children.
Our staff is highly trained. Dr. Kunjana Mavunda has a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene (DTM&H) and is one of only two physicians in Florida who has passed the certification exams administered by American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) and International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM).
We routinely obtain information about diseases that are prevalent in countries around the world from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and other sources. We specialize in pediatrics, but we work closely with patients of all ages and those with complicated medical conditions. Since we speak several languages, we can also provide consultations for travelers in different countries.
Immunosuppressed patients (such as those who have had bone marrow transplant, are taking suppressive medications after a transplant, or those with HIV) are at higher risk of vaccine-preventable diseases. However, since some vaccines may be contraindicated for special populations, it is important that your vaccine provider is knowledgeable about vaccines and their contraindications as well as how the vaccines interact with each other. Our doctor and staff are continuously educating themselves and provide the most current information and treatment.
After you return, if you develop symptoms such as fevers, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in stools, headaches, skin rash, joint and muscle pain, please schedule a follow-up visit as soon as possible. Some illnesses can emerge weeks or even months after you return home. For example, hepatitis B symptoms typically appear 3 to 4 months after infection. Keep this time lag in mind, especially in case of intestinal illness.
If an illness is severe or does not improve after 3 or 4 days, call us. We will ask you your itinerary, what you did, how long you stayed, what you ate and drank, and if you recall being bitten by any insects while traveling.
We wish you safe and disease-free travel. To learn more about our travel medicine services or schedule an appointment, call KIDZ Medical Services at (305) 668-0248.
What You Need to Know
Travel to destinations beyond North America and Europe is increasing. Serious health risks occur- especially where sanitation and medical conditions are poor. Diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria, polio, typhoid, hepatitis, yellow fever, rabies, measles, malaria, and travelers' diarrhea pose threats to the unprotected traveler.
Most immunizations or health precautions are not required for entry to foreign countries. However, they do provide valuable protection for people who wish to travel in good health.
TravelWise: View immunization recommendations by country on this handy pdf.