A Cheaper Way to See If You Need a Vaccination Before a Trip

Traveling somewhere where you might need a vaccination? Not sure? In his accounting of his African safari, Joe Sharkey (bio here) shares a great tip:

“We had planned well in advance, and found excellent service at the pharmacy at our local Safeway supermarket in Tucson. Safeway and other chains with pharmacy and clinical services—including Costco, Vons and Albertson’s—belong to SafeGard Travel Medicine. For a $49 fee, you complete an online medical form and receive a detailed report from a physician with smart recommendations for your specific trip, including vaccination requirements. We conveniently got those shots at our local Safeway pharmacy, at a cost far less than a standard doctor’s visit would have been.”

For more, check out Joe’s full story here. And if you have experience with SafeGard or a similar service, please share it in the comments!

Related: Budget for Vaccinations and Medications



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3 Comments on "A Cheaper Way to See If You Need a Vaccination Before a Trip"

  1. Go to your county health office for correct information on what is needed and for the vaccinations.

  2. https://www.vaccines.gov/travel/index.html to find out what you need. I wouldn’t rely on grocery stores.

  3. Save the travel clinic advisory fee! An excellent, no cost way to get advice on health risks traveling overseas, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at:

    This includes a comprehensive, detailed list and discussion of required and recommended immunizations for any country.

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