BCM Travel Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my health insurance cover my visit?

Many health insurance companies do not cover travel medicine. You will receive a receipt so that you may file a claim for reimbursement from your insurance company.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Credit cards, debit cards, cash, check.

How much do the consultation visit and vaccinations cost?

You will be expected to cover $150 for the consultation fee PLUS vaccine costs (which varies from $15 to $500 per vaccine) PLUS vaccine administration fees ($30 per each vaccine you receive). Actual vaccine costs will be provided to you during your consultation

Will I be seen by a doctor or a nurse?

Your initial visit includes a one-on-one consultation with one of our specially trained doctors.

What vaccines do I need?

Your vaccination needs will be determined at your consultation visit. See a list of vaccines offered at our clinic.

What if I only need malaria prophylaxis or one vaccine?

Even if you are only interested in getting malaria prophylaxis or another single vaccine, we ask that you schedule a full consultation with one of our doctors to review your medical history and all the specific recommendations for your trip itinerary. You may need booster vaccinations, or if you have a chronic medical condition, you may benefit from particular immunizations.

Can a group of individuals with the same travel itinerary be seen together?

We ask that you make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with our doctors. Patients with chronic conditions or on medications may not be able to receive particular vaccines or may benefit from additional vaccinations. In this case, additional vaccinations may be recommended based on your medical history.

Do you evaluate children?

We do not provide travel consultations for children; however, our BCM pediatrics colleagues at the Texas Children's Hospital Travel Medicine Clinic provide vaccinations and travel advice for children.

When should I make an appointment?

Make appointments 6 to 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Some vaccinations must be received weeks prior to departure in order to have maximum effectiveness, while others require 2 or 3 injections separated by weeks.

What if I am pregnant or immune compromised?

If you are pregnant or are immune compromised, you may be more susceptible to certain infections and therefore more likely to have severe illness due to infection. Consultation with our clinic is especially important to review ways to avoid becoming ill during your trip. Some immunizations are specifically recommended for pregnant women and those who are immune compromised, while other vaccines may be withheld altogether.