Travel Medicine Program
Protecting Travelers from Illness Abroad
When making your “to-do” list for your next trip abroad, be sure to include a visit to Abington’s Travel Medicine Program. Dangerous infectious diseases that we hear little about in the United States are more likely to be encountered in other locales.
What’s more, staying in luxury hotels, visiting popular tourist destinations or traveling on deluxe cruise ships does little to reduce your risks of contracting illnesses while on personal or business travel abroad.
Services for All Travelers
The board-certified infectious disease physicians at the Travel Medicine Program understand who is at risk and monitor disease outbreaks worldwide, in order to help all travelers stay healthy. Those using Travel Medicine services include:
- business travelers
- Peace Corps and emergency aid volunteers
- missionaries who travel regularly
- naturalized citizens visiting their homelands, and others
Professionals in the Travel Medicine Program gather data from government agencies, a travel medicine subscription service and infectious disease professional literature to determine where specific risks and epidemics are occurring.
Each patient sees an infectious disease physician. Based upon continuously updated information and the planned itinerary, travelers may receive:
- recommended vaccinations
- preventive medication
- activity cautions
- review of chronic conditions and medications being taken
- needed prescriptions
- advice on food and water safety, preventing mosquito and other insect bites and how to minimize infections while traveling
Travelers with Medical Concerns
Infectious diseases can be especially harmful to travelers with special medical needs, such as those with chronic conditions like heart disease or compromised immune systems due to cancer, diabetes, HIV or liver ailments. Review by a Travel Medicine physician can determine risk and prevention strategies.
Pregnant women need protection from influenza and malaria. The CDC recommends they receive influenza vaccinations, but many pregnant women go unprotected because they don’t realize that flu is active at different times around the world. Similarly, although the CDC advises pregnant women to stay out of malaria areas, women may continue with their plans anyway. Travel Medicine physicians can advise women which malaria medications are safe to take during pregnancy.
Travelers are advised to visit the office a month before their trips, to receive all needed immunizations and review their medical records. Along with the vaccination fee, an office fee may apply. Vaccinations offered at the office are generally not covered by insurance.
For an appointment at Abington’s Travel Medicine, please call 215-481-6350.