Travel Medicine FAQ

Traveler’s FAQ

Q: Why can’t I just go to my regular doctor?
Information about travel medicine is vast and complex and changes rapidly. Because travel doctors have the most current and accurate information about epidemics, health risks, necessary immunizations, and more, they are better suited to help you prepare you for your trip.

Q: If I do get sick on my trip, can’t I just get treatment there?
Prevention is absolutely essential in travel health. There is no reason to put yourself or your family in the position to seek medical care in a foreign environment if you can avoid it. Many travel destinations will not have adequate medical facilities. Some diseases, such as yellow fever, are not treatable once you get sick, but ARE preventable with the vaccine. As a result, some countries will require proof of yellow fever vaccination for entry.

Q: Will my insurance cover this?
Depending on your insurance company some of the travel preparations will be covered and some won’t. Routine vaccinations that most people are given as a child, such as Hepatitis A and B are usually covered.

How to Prepare for your Travel Consultation

When you come in for your consultation, your physician will establish a “risk profile” based on several variables including:

  • Your destination/s and the duration of your stay in each.
  • The season in which you are traveling.
  • The type of travel you are doing (ex: recreational, business, missionary work)
  • Your style of travel – whether you will be staying in resorts or camping and backpacking
  • Your personal health situation (chronic illnesses, medications etc)
  • Your previous travel experience and immunization history
  • Based on this risk profile, your doctor will develop a travel health plan to help keep you safe and well.

Download and fill out our Travel Pre-Consultation Form.