The purpose of travel medicine is to help keep your trip free from illness or accident. This is especially important when there is a significant difference between your home and your destination, such as when visiting developing countries or the tropics. In such cases, you should take special precautions in order to protect your health.
The World Health Organization (WHO) advises travelers to consult a travel medicine clinic or personal physician 4 to 6 weeks before departure if the travel destination is one where exposure to any vaccine-preventable diseases may occur.
At CMC-NorthEast, we provide immunizations, preventative information on travel health problems, and advice on prophylactic antibiotics and anti-parasitics to the international traveler. Also, we treat travel related diseases for the returning traveler.
To meet your needs, we provide assistance with three aspects of your trip:
- Pre-Trip Planning: involves reviewing information about your itinerary and reasons for traveling; making recommendations for vaccinations and preventive medications. Immunization entry requirements protect a country's citizens as well as protecting the health of the traveler.
- Counseling: provides advice regarding your behavior and activities while traveling, which teaches you ways you can minimize health risks on your own. Primary topics include food and beverage precautions, protections against insects, avoiding accidents, and appropriate actions in case of illness or injury.
- Post-Trip Evaluation: involves treatment if you return with an active illness. You can help your physician to diagnose and treat any potentially serious illness more quickly by describing the types of activities in which you engaged and the places you visited.
To schedule any of the above services, please contact NorthEast Infectious Diseases at 704-403-1766.