What should I discuss with my doctor before traveling overseas?

Important topics to cover with your doctor before traveling oversees are potential infectious diseases, vaccination requirements for certain regions and potential for mosquito-borne illnesses. Additionally, travel can cause complications of existing heart conditions as well as increased risk of blot clot formation.
Here are some issues you may want to discuss with a travel medicine doctor, depending on your destination:
  • Traveler’s diarrhea
  • Influenza
  • Altitude sickness
  • Infectious hepatitis A
  • Mosquito-borne illnesses, such as malaria and yellow fever
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Polio
  • Japanese encephalitis
Travel medicine clinics can also help long-distance travelers with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, and adjust their medications to decrease the risk of complications. For example, people with an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis, a serious condition caused by blood clots deep inside the veins, may benefit from anti-clotting drugs during long plane rides.

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Vaccines & Immunizations

Vaccines & Immunizations

Vaccines are commonly given to children in the form of a shot to help prevent serious diseases like measles and mumps. Vaccines are developed using either dead strains of a disease, weakened strains, or strains of a different dise...

ase. As adults, we receive flu vaccines or may need a booster of childhood vaccines to retain immunity. Travelers may receive vaccines either as a condition of entry to a country, or on recommendation of health officials. Generally there is little or no reaction to a vaccine, but in some cases the vaccine may cause an allergic reaction or a temporary, mild illness. Some vaccines are not safe for pregnant women, so it’s important to check with a healthcare professional.

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