Travel Medicine Services
- The SXU Health Center provides consultations and immunizations for travelers! We provide travel consultations, immunizations and other health-related travel information for members of the University and the general public. Phone consultations are not provided.
- 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 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.
- Yellow Fever: There is currently a complete nationwide depletion of the yellow fever vaccine (YF-Vax). An alternative (but just as effective) yellow fever vaccine, Stamaril, has only been made available to select clinics in the U.S. The YF-Vax is expected back in stock in mid-2019.
A travel consultation consists of:
- Review of medical and immunization history with a provider.
- Review of travel destinations to determine country-specific risks and recommendations with a provider.
- 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.
- Discussion of activity-specific risks, such as scuba diving and mountain climbing.
- Prescriptions may be given for travel conditions such as malaria prevention, altitude sickness prevention, traveler's diarrhea treatment, etc.
- Time to receive immunization(s) if recommended, following your consultation. (PLEASE NOTE: Certain travel immunizations will need to be ordered after your consultation and given 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.