Whether traveling alone, as part of a group for business, pleasure, education, or as part of a missionary group, any traveler will likely be exposed to health risks. Our International Travel Clinic can assist with travel preparations and make recommendations to keep you safe and healthy.
- An education session providing expert review of travel itinerary, medical history, immunization records and current medications.
- Prescription and administration of all needed immunizations and medications, which may include vaccines for hepatitis, typhoid fever, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and others.
- Advice and prescriptions to prevent infectious diseases and avoid common risks encountered during international travel. Recommendations for the appropriate prevention strategies are tailored to each individual patient based on his/her medical history, planned trip and activities, and other pertinent concerns.
- Advice for travelers with specific medical needs including chronic diseases, pregnant travelers or those who are currently taking medications that may affect potential risks associated with travel.
- Prevention plans and treatment guidelines for common traveler health issues including jet lag, insect bites or stings, animal bites and motion sickness.
- Advice for travelers returning from a trip who have any health concerns.
As a member of Concord Hospital Medical Group, we have access to leading-edge technology, numerous resources, and advanced educational training ensuring that our patients receive the highest standard of medical care.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I visit the International Travel Clinic?
You will likely be exposed to health risks whether you are traveling alone, as part of a group for business, pleasure, education, or as part of a missionary group. As many as 60 percent of all travelers experience some illness while traveling. The experts at the International Travel Clinic are trained in the field of travel medicine and stay current with any changes in the world that may ultimately impact travel. This expertise can assist you with your travel preparations and make recommendations to keep you safe and healthy.
What does a travel appointment involve?
The travel appointment includes an educational session with the provider to discuss your travel destinations, itinerary and individual needs. Travel hazards and risks of infectious diseases are explored in detail and recommendations for protective vaccines and medications are presented. The result is a highly individualized travel prescription to promote your safety and optimize your travel experience.
How much does a travel appointment cost?
The fee for an educational session is $100 for one person and $50 for each additional person in the same appointment. If you're traveling to more than one country, the cost for an educational session increases to $125.
Will insurance cover the cost of the appointment?
Patients are responsible for payment of the educational session, which is due at the time of service. We are happy to submit bills for vaccines rendered to the following insurance providers: Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA, First Health/HCVM, Great West/One Health, Harvard Pilgrim, MVP, Martin’s Point Health Care, Medicaid, Medicare, Tri-Care and United Healthcare. If payment from your insurance provider is not received within 30 days, the balance is your responsibility. For your convenience, we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.
How do I prepare for a travel appointment?
Prior to your appointment complete the travel itinerary and health history form and return via fax, mail at least two days before your appointment, or return in person the day of your appointment.
Bring your health insurance card and a lunch cooler and ice pack to your appointment. (The cooler will be used to transport any necessary oral vaccines.)
Call your primary physician prior to the appointment to request an insurance referral to your educational appointment, if your insurance requires a referral.
Do I need to visit the travel clinic if I am planning a trip to a resort location in Mexico or the Caribbean?
Yes. Certain vaccinations are strongly recommended for travel to Mexico and the Caribbean. In addition, there is risk of malaria in some (but not all) resort destinations.
Do I need to visit a travel clinic if I am going on a cruise?
Cruise ships, though generally safe, have a number of risks, which we address during the educational session.
If I have previously been overseas and never came back with an illness, do I still need to visit the travel clinic prior to my upcoming trip?
Yes. Prior experience is no guarantee of future results.
Do young children and elderly travelers require any special prevention measures?
Our travel educational sessions are individualized to meet each person’s particular needs. Both young and old travelers have particular, special needs, which we are experienced in managing.