Travel Medicine

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Our travel clinic helps travelers prepare for health and safety conditions at many international destinations. While our clinic provides travel vaccinations, we strive to provide comprehensive travel health services beyond the required and recommended vaccinations. We offer immunizations, prescriptions, laboratory testing, visa and work permit physicals and pre-travel wellness exams, including age -appropriate screenings. Travel medicine operates on a fee-for-service basis, and you will be provided with an invoice to file with your insurance provider.

To Prepare for Travel, Each Client Receives

  • Travel health and safety counseling customized to the traveler’s itinerary and style of travel
  • Written customized information about potential health risks, required and recommended immunizations, U.S. State Department Advisories for area of travel, consulate information and general information for the countries of travel
  • Written general travel health and safety information for international travelers
  • Recommended and required immunizations as agreed upon by the client and provider
  • The official World Health Organization immunization record required for travel in many areas
  • Information and prescriptions for medication to prevent and treat certain illnesses, such as malaria and traveler's diarrhea
  • Current information on jet lag or acute mountain sickness as appropriate to the itinerary
  • Information regarding health insurance overseas and emergency care
  • Prescriptions for recommended medications for such problems as malaria, traveler’s diarrhea and altitude sickness.

Making an Appointment

For the best service, we recommend that you visit the travel clinic six to eight weeks before your departure. Your body takes time to respond to a vaccine before it is effective. Also, some vaccines require more than one dose and you may need several visits to complete your immunizations. We try to accommodate requests for appointments within 48 hours.

Group Travelers

Consultation is provided to groups of travelers (corporate, missionaries, students, etc.) either in the clinic or at home, work, school or church. Groups are seen by special arrangement; please call 713.500.3248 for more information.

Vaccinations

UTHS provides full range of vaccinations, including Immune Globulin, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Influenza, Japanese Encephalitis, Meningitis Pneumonia, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Rabies pre-exposure, Varicella, Typhoid (oral and injectable), Polio (adult) booster, Pertussis and Tetanus/Diphtheria. The travel clinic is a World Health Organization designated center for yellow fever vaccination.

Go to Forms page for Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) and cost of available vaccines.

Post Travel Needs

Travelers may return to the U.S. with symptoms of travel-related illness or symptoms of illnesses may present weeks or months later. Travelers with symptoms of illness including fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, cough and skin rash should return to the clinic for evaluation, treatment or referral.

Useful Travel Websites

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The CDC is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad.

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers - A non-profit foundation established in 1960, whose aim is to advise travelers about health risks; geographical distribution of diseases; immunization requirements for all countries; and to make available to travelers around the world competent medical care by western-trained doctors who speak English in addition to their native language.

International Society of Travel Medicine - The society, with 1,200 members in 53 countries, is the largest organization of professionals dedicated to the advancement of the specialty of travel medicine. It is committed to the promotion of healthy and safe travel.

MedjetAssist - MedjetAssist will bring you to your choice of hospital if you are hospitalized more than 150 miles from home and require hospitalization once you reach your desired destination.

United States Department of State - The State Department has the latest travel warnings and how to get visas and passports.

World Health Organization - The United Nations' specialized agency for health which seeks the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.

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