The Travel Clinic at Children’s Hospital provides consultation to persons of any age traveling internationally who need prevention (vaccine, medications) or evaluation for potential travel-related illnesses. Services include pre-travel consultation which provides an extensive evaluation of the planned itinerary as well as any existing medical problems. Vaccine records are reviewed and routine immunizations are updated and travel related immunizations are provided as needed. Other non-vaccine preventable diseases are also discussed and medications are prescribed as indicated.
The Travel Clinic at Children’s Hospital is an Official Yellow Fever Vaccine Center. In the event of illness, post-travel consultation is available.
Risk of infectious illnesses (and other illnesses) varies according to destination, duration of travel, type of activities, immune status of the traveler, and prior immunizations. Of special concern is travel of young children, travelers visiting family or friends for extended periods and travelers with incomplete immunizations. In addition some areas may add risk of endemic infections.
Based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) consideration is given to:
- Updating routine vaccines (for example hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, and others)
- Special vaccines required for travel (for example, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, meningococcal and others).
- Advice and prevention of traveler’s diarrhea
- Advice and prevention on malaria
- Advice and prevention on other mosquito-transmitted diseases (eg, dengue, chikungunya and others).
- Advise on safe travel with children
- Advice on high-altitude illness and other overall safety precautions
- Consultation on post-return illnesses (eg, fever, diarrhea, rash, and others)
Some Insurance carriers may cover for travel-related visits but many do not (please check). A visit to the Travel Clinic will normally involve a doctor’s appointment (to discuss above points and provide prescriptions), may include routine vaccines (if not up-to-date on vaccines) and may require travel-related vaccines (e.g., Yellow Fever or Typhoid) which are normally not covered by insurance carriers and you will be asked to pay for at the moment of visit.