Scheduling Immunizations for Healthy Travel
November 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
Presented by General Internal Medicine Group
Staying healthy during foreign travel is essential to ensuring that travelers make the most of their opportunities to leave the country. In order to ensure optimal health during voyages abroad, travelers should take the following precautions:
—Consult with a physician four to six weeks prior to leaving. This time window is necessary to ensure that any necessary vaccinations have adequate time to become effective.
—Inquire about travel-related illness that does not require vaccination. While many travelers will not require pre-travel inoculations, they may want to discuss travel-related conditions such as motion sickness, jet lag, diarrhea, altitude sickness, and insect bites. Many physicians can prescribe or recommend treatments for these.
—Pack all medications in carry-on luggage. To avoid the risk of losing essential medications, travelers should keep medications with them at all times during transit.
—Follow CDC guidelines for eating and drinking abroad. Many sicknesses can be prevented by avoiding certain foods and drinks.
Fairfax and Arlington, Virginia-based General Internal Medicine Group offers a variety of internal medicine services, including immunizations for patients planning to travel abroad. Virginia patients also visit the GIMG staff for issues of cardiology, rheumatology, and endocrinology.