Travel Medicine Services
- Are you traveling internationally? Minimize your health risks at your destination with a comprehensive travel consultation!
- Using travel software (Travax), our nurse practitioners personalize a Travel Report for you that incorporates your specific itinerary to make recommendations based on your destinations, activities, and accommodations.
- We recommend that you schedule your travel consultation six to eight weeks before your trip if possible. It can take two weeks to build up an adequate immune response in your body after an immunization, and some immunizations are given in a series. However, it is still recommended that you come in for a consultation, even if there is a short time window before your trip.
- What immunizations and prophylactic (preventative) medications do you need for travel to other countries? Much depends on your personal health history, immunization history and the risk of illness in the areas you plan to visit.
What can I expect during my travel consultation?
A travel consultation consists of:
- Review of medical and immunization history with a nurse practitioner.
- Review of travel destinations to determine country-specific and activity-specific risks and recommendations with a provider.
- Review of what immunizations are recommended for your specific itinerary. Review of any immunizations that may be required for entry at your destination(s).
- Discussion of how to minimize health risks, such as food and water precautions and treatment for traveler's diarrhea.
- Discussion of safety precautions such as travel alerts, U.S. embassy information and health care facilities in your destination.
- Prescriptions recommended for your itinerary such as malaria prevention, altitude sickness prevention, oral typhoid vaccination, traveler's diarrhea treatment, etc. will be sent into a pharmacy of your choice.
- Time to receive immunization(s) if recommended. (PLEASE NOTE: Certain travel immunizations may need to be ordered after your consultation and given at a later date.)
- Immunizations that are required for entry in certain countries (e.g. Yellow Fever) will be documented for you on an International Certification of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (Yellow Card).
- You will receive a folder with copies of all information so that you can refer back to it at a later date.
Preparing for your Travel Consultation
- Bring records of any previous immunizations prior to your appointment.
- Bring the list of the countries to which you're traveling in the order you'll be visiting them (including layovers).
- In order to save time, please fill out our Travel Vaccine Medical History form (PDF) prior to your visit.
- Contact your insurance carrier so you are aware of your coverage. Insurance policies often do not cover travel consultations or travel vaccines.
- If we are in-network with your insurance carrier, we can submit a claim on your behalf.
- You will be billed for any services your insurance does not cover.
- We offer affordable rates for non-covered services.
- The travel consultation will be billed as Preventative Counseling. It cannot be billed as an office visit.
- The CPT codes used for Preventative Counseling are 99401, 99402, 99403, 99404, 99411 or 99412. One code will be billed depending on how detailed your visit is and how many people are involved in the visit (i.e. two or more people traveling together). You should check for coverage of each of these codes with your insurance company prior to your visit.
- You will be charged an immunization fee for each immunization given.
- Cost of immunizations vary greatly.
Make an Appointment
Call 773-298-3712 to schedule an appointment.