Travel medicine is a medical specialty that has grown significantly over the last 20 years in response to a growing demand for advice to prospective travelers. Travel medicine is dedicated to all factors that can affect the health and well-being of people during travel and is derived from a variety of medical fields including:
- Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
- Infectious Diseases
- Public Health and Preventative Medicine
- Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Anyone who travels abroad from the United States should visit a travel medicine specialist before they depart. Our patients include:
- Business Travelers
- Missionary Workers
- Foreign Exchange Students
- Government Workers
- Medical Relief Workers
- Individuals with Family Overseas
- Foreign Visitors
Getting immunized with travel vaccines is a good investment in your health for several reasons:
- Some countries will require proof of vaccination against diseases like Yellow Fever and Meningitis before they will allow you to enter.
- Hepatitis A and Polio are endemic in some countries and can present a serious health risk to travelers.
- Many diseases are spread through contaminated food and water and travelers must be protected against these diseases.
- Many vaccines offer protection for 10 years to a lifetime, which provides for safe and worry-free travel for years to come.
Here are some examples of issues that might be addressed in a Pre-Travel Consultation:
- What kinds of medications are given to prevent Malaria? Which can be taken during pregnancy or administered to infants?
- How should someone with high blood pressure prevent altitude illness?
- How do you make water safe for drinking?
- What kinds of insect repellants should be used for adults, teens, and infants?
- How should a woman in her 1st trimester of pregnancy be immunized for travel to Cambodia?
- How does the travel advice and immunization recommendation for someone traveling abroad for two weeks differ from that of someone traveling abroad for 12 months?
- What immunizations should be given to an adult traveling to central Africa?
- What immunizations should be given to an infant traveling to South America?
The goal of a travel medicine consultation is to provide you with the knowledge to ensure that your travel abroad is safe and that you return home in good health.