Travel Medicine that keeps you safe and healthy
International travelers should make themselves aware of the diseases that could potentially be acquired outside of the country. Depending on where you are going, some extra preparation may be required to keep you safe and healthy. If you are unsure of how to prepare for a trip outside of the United States, you should contact your physician, or your local health department for more information.
Immunizations, preventative medications, and general precautions
See your doctor at least one month before you plan to travel. He or she may recommend immunizations against forms of hepatitis, polio, diphtheria, yellow fever, typhoid, meningococcal meningitis, or other preventable diseases depending on the destination. Preventive oral medications against traveler’s diarrhea, tuberculosis, and malaria may also be necessary. Because of the specialized nature of some of these preventive medications and immunizations, they may not be available right away. Seeing your doctor a month or more in advance allows time for medications to be ordered and shipped if not readily available.
Know before you go with these travel medicine tips
- Have you been ill recently? Consider your health before you venture too far from your trusted health care provider.
- Be cautious about your food and beverages – bottled water is best!
- If you have special health needs (people with weakened immune systems, disabilities, pregnant women, small children) make sure you talk to your doctor about how to take extra steps to ensure a healthy trip.