LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2024) — UK Retail Pharmacies now offers a new service to make preparing for international travel easier. The service provides travelers with all the required and recommended vaccines they need based on their destination.
Travelers can prepare for their next trip abroad by receiving counseling based on their travel itinerary, as well as travel vaccinations, including:
- Yellow fever
- Japanese encephalitis
Over-the-counter (OTC) travel health items and prescription-based travel health medications are also available.
Travel health services are available at the UK Pharmacist Care Clinic, 245 Fountain Court, Room 220, off Man O’ War near Richmond Road. The service is open to everyone, 6 months of age and up. Vaccinations are by appointment only Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (closed for lunch 1 to 1:30 p.m.). Pediatric patients must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Travelers should keep their travel date in mind when scheduling an appointment. It is best to get vaccinated 4-6 weeks before traveling to let vaccines take effect.
Your first travel health appointment will be a TeleCare video appointment. Prior to your appointment, you will be asked to complete a travel health questionnaire. During your video visit, a member of the Pharmacist Care team will review your answers and provide counseling based on your travel itinerary and health information. The cost of the appointment is $75 and does not include costs for any OTC travel health items or medications that may be prescribed. You will need to schedule an additional in-person appointment if vaccinations are needed.
To schedule an appointment, visit https://mychart.uky.edu/MyChart/openscheduling, select “Pharmacy,” then “Travel Health” and fill out the information. You can also scan the QR code with your smartphone camera. If you need help with scheduling an appointment, please call 859-562-2018.
UK Retail Pharmacies’ Pharmacist Care Clinic provides a wide range of point-of-care services, including:
- Vaccinations for COVID-19, flu, RSV, hepatitis A&B, shingles, pneumococcal pneumonia, tetanus and more.
- One-stop testing and treatment for flu, strep A and more.
- Allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies) testing and consultation to help you manage your symptoms.
- Tobacco cessation support.
UK Retail Pharmacies are full-service pharmacies, with seven locations in Lexington open to everyone and one, The Bluegrass Clinic Pharmacy in Beaumont, open to UK employees and patients of the UK Bluegrass Care Clinic. All of our locations accept most insurance plans. Visit ukpharmacy.org for more information or call toll-free 833-333-UKRx (8579).
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