International travel, whether for business, pleasure or mission work, is a fun and exciting adventure. But before you depart, it’s important to learn about potential health risks you may encounter. That way you can take the proper precautions needed to have a safe and healthy trip.
Who Needs Travel Medicine?
A healthy adult traveling to a country that isn’t known for having diseases different from the ones your body is already accustomed to probably doesn’t need to go to a travel medicine specialist. But you should schedule a consult with a travel medicine specialist if:
• you’re visiting a developing country
• you’re going somewhere other than the typical tourist locations in a country
• you’re visiting a tropical location
• you’re traveling to a high altitude
• you have a chronic disease or weakened immune system
• you’re visiting a country that requires certain vaccinations
Travel Medicine Services:
Good planning and risk assessment allow you to anticipate and avoid many possible difficulties. Recommendations and requirements based on your destinations, activities, time of year, altitude, and medical history will be discussed. You’ll also be alerted to any current travel notices –disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, and natural disasters that may affect your health.
You need to bring your itinerary and medical history to your consultation.
Visiting another country can put you at risk for diseases that may not normally be found in the United States. Getting vaccinated against certain diseases is one of the most effective things you can do to protect your health abroad. *Plan to get the travel vaccines you need at least a month before your trip. Most vaccines need to be given ahead of time to give you full protection against a disease.
Although traveling abroad can be relaxing and rewarding, the physical demands of travel can be stressful. With a little planning and preparation, people with chronic illnesses can have safe and enjoyable trips.
You may be given preventative prescriptions for things like traveler’s diarrhea and malaria.
Depending on where you're going and for how long, you may need a routine follow-up evaluation after your return. This is especially important if you’re experiencing persistent or unusual health problems.
Travel medicine services are not routinely covered by insurance, and therefore, pre-travel consults, vaccines and immunizations are self-pay. However, you may want to consult with your employer or tax consultant if this is a business or volunteer mission trip.
To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 812-539-2599.
C. Robert Claydon, MD
• Board Certified, Family Medicine
• Graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s Family Medicine International Health program
• Member of the International Society of Travel Medicine
• Experience seeing and treating patients in developing countries
Highpoint Health Physician Partners
605 Wilson Creek Road, Lawrenceburg, IN