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Why should I see a travel medicine specialist before my next trip?

We always consult with a travel medical center like Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group Travel Center before we take a trip. A travel medicine specialist can review your unique itinerary, length of stay and current travel conditions/advisories before you go. Vaccine and medication recommendations will be tailored to that corner of the globe using the latest guidelines. The CDC also has a site with good information as well as the Department of State country sites. Better to be prepared than not.
Dr. Elif E. Oker, MD
Medical Toxicology
A travel medicine specialist will offer you information specific to your destination including advice on immunizations, safe hygiene and health precautions to take, ways to self-treat illness while on the road and where to go to seek health care at your destination. 
These services are particularly helpful if you are traveling to developing countries and areas where there is higher risk for  diseases such as malaria and typhoid.
Be sure to check with your insurance company to see what services from a travel clinic are covered.
Also consider speaking with your doctor as you make your decision on whether or not to seek the advice of a travel medicine specialist. Your doctor may be able to refer you to a reputable travel clinic. 

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