The Importance of Travel Medicine
Americans often take for granted our health care system. Thanks to great strides in public health, many common diseases have been eliminated in the United States. Every state has well-trained specialists and outstanding health and medical facilities. Unfortunately, this is not true of many countries. Many countries have trouble maintaining a sanitary water supply. Others introduce diseases or exposure to insects or parasites normally not experienced in the United States.
Our Travel Medicine Clinic was developed in response to a growing number of individuals and organizations seeking assistance with their international trips, especially to developing countries. Our officially designated medical facilities are authorized to administer the Yellow Fever vaccination which is required for travel to some countries. As an Approved Yellow Fever Vaccination Center by the Maryland State Department of Health, we are here to make your trip a healthy and enjoyable one.
- Business Travelers
- Church-sponsored Missions
- Adopting Parent(s)
- General Practitioners and Patients
- General Public
Medical Services Offered
Pre-travel Services Include:
- Assessment of health risks specific to your travel itinerary.
- A wide selection of articles and information sheets as well as specific country and region updates on disease outbreaks and emerging health risks.
- Advice about reducing your risk of contracting infectious diseases through exposure to contaminated food, water, insects and other parasitic agents.
- Advice on appropriate vaccinations and medications for your trip, as well as prescriptions for medications.
The following is a list of vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention depending on which area of the world you are traveling:
- Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis)
- Twin Rx (Hepatitis A & B)
- Typhoid Fever
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Yellow Fever
- Meningococcal Meningitis
For diseases of which no immunizations are yet available, it is necessary to take specific measures either with medications and/or behaviors in order to reduce your risk of infection. Our travel services can assist you with determining the measures specific to the area you are traveling and provide you with information and prescriptions for appropriate preventative medications.
Scheduling an Appointment
We will do our best to accomodate your schedule up to the day of your departure. However, if at all possible, we would like you to schedule an appointment 2-4 weeks prior to your trip.
In addition, we also provide an International Certificate of Vaccination free of charge to you. This should be kept with your passport.
All services are paid for by the patient at the time of service. If your insurance plan or employer provides travel benefit coverage, we will provide you with a statement and a copy of your receipt to submit for possible reimbursement.