Frequently Asked Questions
Who needs to visit the Travelers' Health Service?
Travelers who journey to a developing country can benefit from preventive medical services, especially those who:
- intend to spend more than a few weeks,
- enter remote areas,
- have contact with animals, or
- provide humanitarian relief or clinical care.
Our infectious disease specialist has specific expertise in advising those who are planning international adoption, adults accompanied by children or infants, people returning to foreign countries to visit family, people with underlying medical conditions or allergies, and anyone leaving the United States to conduct scientific research.
When do I need to plan for travel services?
When anticipating an international trip, it is important to plan ahead for preventive medical services. Six to eight weeks before departure is the best time to schedule an initial appointment. An in-depth interview will take place and appropriate vaccinations and medications will be given. Allowing this lead-time provides sufficient opportunity for follow-up vaccines, as a course of two or three appointments is necessary for certain immunizations. Travelers with less lead-time may not be accommodated.
What if I get sick when abroad or after I return?
Pre-travel counseling at the Travelers' Health Service includes a referral service to outpatient health facilities that provide up-to-date medical care in many countries in the developing world. In addition, our physician can provide follow-up medical consultation via phone, fax or e-mail, for those who have used our service giving extra security in circumstances of illness or trauma far away from home.
Travelers who are sick upon return will receive comprehensive medical care from a specialist in infectious diseases. Patient visits are arranged on either an urgent or routine basis, depending on the medical issue.
What countries require immunizations and preventive medications?
A visit to the Travelers' Health Service is strongly recommended when going to most countries in:
- South East Asia
- Central and South America
Immunizations and prophylactic medicines may also be needed when traveling to parts of Mexico, Russia, Southern and Eastern Europe, or the Far East.