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Travel medicine

Travel medicine providers can help prevent bothersome or dangerous illness when you take a trip abroad. A travel medicine provider will make recommendations based on your specific medical history, itinerary and planned activities to help minimize your risk of exposure to infection.

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International travelers can contract illness from eating certain foods, drinking water and even insect bites. Travel medicine providers help you prepare for all types of travel, including:

  • business trips
  • mission work
  • study abroad
  • family vacations
  • homeland visits
  • guided tours
  • adventure and eco-travel

A travel medicine appointment may include:

  • an assessment of your medical history
  • information on how to stay safe from insect and water-borne infections
  • travel tips
  • immunization (shot) recommendations specific to age, destination(s) and planned activities
  • medications to treat or prevent illness, such as traveler's diarrhea and malaria
  • education materials about the countries you will be visiting

It is important to see a travel medicine provider six to eight weeks before you leave to have your shots and make sure you're healthy enough to fight off disease.

While many services are covered by insurance, check with your insurance provider to make sure these services are covered by your plan. Medicare does not cover travel-related services.

Notice: Due to a national shortage of yellow fever vaccination, the yellow fever vaccine will only be administered at locations outside of Allina Health. 

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Source: International travel – Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Reviewed by: Michelle L. Johnson, MD, Allina Health Savage Clinic; Lee Mork, Allina Health Pharmacy director

First published: 6/11/2013
Last reviewed: 3/4/2014

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