Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases
If you are planning to visit less developed nations or regions, Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Summit Medical Group can explain what you should do to protect and maintain your health while you travel.
A travel medicine physician can advise you about:
- Food and water preparations
- Malaria prevention and treatment
- Precautions against insect bites
- High altitude acclimation
- Traveler’s diarrhea prevention
- Jet lag prevention
- Immunizations, including hepatitis A and B and yellow fever
Our Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases Services
Your travel medicine physician can determine the sequence and timing for the travel immunizations you need. He or she also will alert you about health risks in certain countries and explain how you can minimize them.
For children aged 12 years and younger, please contact Pediatrics at 908-273-4300 for an appointment.
Your Consultation With Our Travel Medicine Physician
Before your trip, discuss your travel plans with your doctor. He or she will then make recommendations based on:
- Your overall health
- Each location you will visit
- The length of your trip
- Activities for the trip
- Your age, medical history, and vaccine history
Before you leave for your trip, be sure to ask your travel medicine physician about preventing and treating:
- Food- and water-borne illnesses
- Yellow Fever*
- Insect bites
- Animal bites and scratches
- Altitude sickness
- Heat illness such as heat stress, exhaustion, and stroke
- Traveler’s diarrhea
- Hepatitis A and B
- Yellow fever
- Typhoid fever
- Seasonal and 2009 H1N1 influenza
- Meningitis, Japanese encephalitis, dengue fever, chikungunya fever
Remember to tell your doctor if you have recently been sick or if you get sick when you are about to travel. Discuss all of your allergies, current medications, or other health concerns.
Although vaccinations and medications can help prevent you from getting sick, many diseases can be prevented through safe health practices such as carefully washing your hands with soap and clean water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner before eating or preparing food. Find out more about preventing illness while traveling.
*Yellow Fever Information
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently released information to protect travelers and prevent the international spread of yellow fever. Our physicians have the special training required to deliver the yellow fever vaccine if you need one.
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