Travel Health Consultations
Whether you’re heading abroad for business, school, volunteer work, or fun, Gateway Family & Urgent Care can help you prepare for your trip and stay healthy while traveling. Stop into our clinic for a pre-travel consultation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends talking to a health care provider 4 to 6 weeks before your trip. You may need certain vaccines or prescriptions in advance, depending on your destination. Our providers can discuss any concerns you might have, and offer guidance on health issues related to climate, animal safety, bug bites, high altitudes, sun exposure, food and water safety, transportation, and more.
Take the necessary precautions to prevent illnesses, such as:
Malaria is a mosquito-borne illness that occurs in Africa, Central and South America, parts of the Caribbean, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the South Pacific. It causes flu-like symptoms, high fever, and shaking chills, and without treatment, can result in very serious illness or even death. If you’re planning to visit a destination where there is risk of malaria, head into Gateway Family and Urgent Care first. Our providers can prescribe preventative medication and offer advice on avoiding exposure to mosquito bites.
Motion sickness occurs when the movement you see is different from what your ear senses, usually while traveling in cars, airplanes, trains, and boats. Symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, and vomiting can quickly make a trip unpleasant. If you are prone to motion sickness and planning to travel, talk to a Gateway provider about strategies to prevent and reduce symptoms through specific seating arrangements and medication.
Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi. It is most likely to occur in countries where water may be contaminated by sewage, such as India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. If you plan on traveling outside the U.S., you should get vaccinated against typhoid fever and educate yourself on food and water safety guidelines.
Traveler’s diarrhea is the most common travel-related illness. It can happen anywhere, but trips to Asia (excluding Japan), the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and Central and South America put you at higher risk for gastrointestinal infection. Speak with a provider at Gateway to learn traveler’s diarrhea prevention methods, food and water safety tips, and treatment options should it occur.
Zika virus primarily spreads through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. It is linked to serious birth defects and pregnant women should not travel to areas at high risk. There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika, and the best way to reduce your risk of the virus is to prevent mosquito bites altogether. Zika can also be passed through sex from an infected person to his or her sex partners, even if the person doesn’t have symptoms. Talk with a Gateway provider today about your risk of Zika and what precautions you should take during international travel.
Discover more Travel Health resources from the American College of Physicians.
Don’t let a preventable illness ruin your trip. Schedule a travel health consultation today!
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