There are no thresholds or level differences within the clinic premises. The toilets are wheelchair accessible. Only at the front door there is a step that we could not avoid. Our assistants will be happy to help you – there is a bell to the right of the door.
Tropical medicine is the field of medicine that deals with the control, prevention and epidemiology of diseases that occur exclusively or predominantly in tropical and subtropical climates or are spread worldwide from there.
We can issue a new vaccination certificate at any time. But of course it’s less about the passport than about the information that was contained in it. All vaccinations that have been done by us, as well as all that we have included in our file on a previous visit, are added to the new vaccination card.
When you come to us for the first time, we will try to draw up a vaccination plan together or to get an overview of your vaccination status by determining the titer.
Vaccinations against Covid-19 (Moderna, Novavax, Pfizer/Biontech, Pfizer/BionTech children’s vaccine for 5-12 year olds) are possible daily.
Risks are often distributed more differently within a country than between individual countries. Urban areas are usually relatively safe, even in high-risk countries. The range of endemic diseases is probably greatest in rural west and central Africa.
The amount of time that is necessary before a trip naturally depends on the existing vaccinations and the planned trip. As a rule of thumb, however, if you come to us 6-8 weeks BEFORE your departure, all vaccination schemes are still possible.
Pregnancy is not a contraindication for inactivated vaccines (these are most of the currently available vaccinations). Some vaccinations are even explicitly recommended (influenza and pertussis). In the first third, however, only very urgent vaccinations are administered.
For theoretical reasons, live vaccines are contraindicated in pregnancy, although there have never been any problems or malformations in documented vaccinations accidentally administered during pregnancy.
ALL approved vaccines can be safely administered to breastfeeding mothers. The only exception: yellow fever!
Like all vaccines, travel vaccines can cause side effects. As with our standard vaccinations, these are mostly local reactions at the sting site, which manifest as redness, swelling and pain.
The currently only live vaccination among the travel vaccinations – the yellow fever vaccination – can in rare cases cause body aches, headaches and fever.
Serious side effects are extremely rare, all of these vaccines are well studied and have been in use for a long time. Nevertheless, the risk of illness and the risk of side effects are weighed up for each traveler.
Despite all advances in the treatment of infectious diseases, prevention is safer than subsequent therapy. Antibiotics only work against bacteria, the multitude of viral diseases are not affected. In addition, resistances limit the effectiveness.
Improved living conditions and hygiene have pushed back many infectious diseases in our country, which is not the case in most of our holiday countries.
Symptoms of illness such as tiredness, body aches and headaches or fever can definitely be caused by vaccinations. But they can’t trigger anything remotely as bad as the disease they target.
In principle, we ask that you make an appointment so that we can take our time for your very special trip. If the schedule allows, we can of course also advise patients without an appointment. However, you may have to reckon with longer waiting times.
Of course, families or groups of friends traveling together can make an appointment with us.
However, keep in mind that medical details will also be discussed that you may not want everyone to know.
For families with small children who are planning an exotic trip, it can make sense to arrange an initial appointment without children. The vaccination plan can be drawn up and important things such as malaria and first-aid kits can be discussed.
When registering online, we added the option “additional person” for joint appointments. The first person chooses the appropriate appointment type (trip, refresher, titer determination, etc.), the others then “additional person”.
We stock a selection of mosquito repellent products that we have selected solely based on the effectiveness of the ingredients.
Pressure-compensating earplugs for the flight and anti-thrombosis stockings complete the range.
Since the basically actually existing effectiveness of such products in real life – namely the use under water – is not maintained, we do not have the jellyfish protection lotion on offer.
If you come for a booster shot, it won’t take you more than 10 minutes.
You should allow at least 20 minutes for the initial briefing of a new trip and the start of travel vaccinations.
Diving examinations last 20 minutes, healthy examinations half an hour (a second appointment after a few days is then used to discuss the findings).
We try to keep waiting times as short as possible and ask for your indulgence if we are not always able to do so during the main travel season.
You will receive time confirmations about your visit with us at the reception.
The preventive effect of a vaccination cannot be replaced, but for some diseases behavioral changes, avoidance of sources of infection and early treatment can at least reduce the risks.
Since we are not an isolated island, a disease that we have successfully suppressed can be reintroduced at any time. If it then encounters a population that no longer has immunity, it spreads explosively.
An infectious disease always represents enormous stress for the body. The immune reaction, which ultimately leads to defense against the disease and to immunity, runs unchecked and with a lot of inflammatory activity. There is also the risk of complications and secondary infections.
The immune response generated by a vaccine varies in strength depending on the vaccine. While live vaccines usually provide lifelong protection, many dead vaccines do not stimulate the immune system so strongly that the antibodies remain there for decades. It must therefore be refreshed at certain intervals.