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Travel Clinic Services

Your destination, length of stay, itinerary, and previous medical history are important factors to consider when seeking travel health advice. The staffs at most travel health clinics consist of physicians and nurse practitioners with specialized degrees in infectious diseases or tropical medicine. They are qualified to develop a travel care plan customized to your individual health needs; administer vaccines and booster shots for polio or measles, mumps, and rubella; and write prescriptions for antibiotics and other medications. It is important to make an appointment 3-12 weeks in advance of your trip. This will give you enough time to begin a malaria vaccine regimen if you need to, and for vaccinations to boost your immune system before your trip.
In general, services provided by most travel health clinics include:
WHO information about health risks and recommendations in your area of travel
Pre-travel counselling based on destination, length of stay, and medical history, including how to care for chronic conditions while travelling

  • An individualized plan of prevention and treatment, including recommendations for food and water safety, and recommendations for avoiding insect-borne diseasesVaccinations for influenza; hepatitis A and B; yellow fever; typhoid; polio; tetanus/diphtheria; Japanese encephalitis; measles, mumps, and rubella; and rabies
  • Vaccination certificates required by some countries before entry
  • Antibiotics or over-the counter medications for diarrhoea or prescriptions for malaria prophylaxPermanent medical records listing any present illness as well as medical needs
  • A list of recommended physicians or clinics abroad
  • Information about traveller’s medical insurance, which provides affordable coverage for medical emergencies
  • Tests to determine whether any illnesses were acquired abroad
  • Treatment of any illnesses acquired abroad

Post-travel Care
Another essential aspect of travel clinic services is post-travel care. This is particularly important for those with chronic conditions and anyone experiencing persistent health problems upon their return, including the following:

  • Fever (seek immediate attention if you have traveled to an area where malaria is prevalent)
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice
  • Urinary tract or genital infections
  • Skin disorders