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Travel medicine


International travelers can contract illness from eating certain foods, drinking water and even from an insect bite. Travel medicine providers will help you prevent bothersome or dangerous illness during your trip. We can help you prepare for all types of travel, including:

  • business trips
  • mission work
  • study abroad
  • family vacations
  • homeland visits
  • guided tours
  • adventure and eco-travel

A travel medicine provider will make recommendations based on your specific medical history, itinerary and planned activities abroad to help minimize your risk of exposure to infection. A travel medicine appointment may include:

  • an assessment of your medical history
  • information on how to stay safe from insect and water-borne infections
  • travel tips
  • immunization (shot) recommendations specific to age, destination(s) and planned activities
  • medications to treat or prevent illness, such as traveler's diarrhea and malaria
  • education materials about the countries you will be visiting

It is important to see a travel medicine provider six to eight weeks before you leave to have your shots and make sure your body is healthy enough to fight off disease.

While many services are covered by insurance, it’s important for you to check with your insurance provider to determine whether these services are covered by your plan. Medicare does not cover travel-related services.

The Minnesota Department of Health has given Allina Health the approval to provide the yellow fever immunization To provide the yellow fever immunization, clinics must prove they can safely handle and store the yellow fever vaccine according to strict environmental control requirements.




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Source: International travel - Abbott Northwestern Hospital

First published: 06/11/2013
Last updated: 03/04/2014

Reviewed by: Michelle L. Johnson, MD, Allina Health Savage Clinic and Lee Mork, Allina Health Pharmacy director