You've planned the trip of lifetime. Don't let your trip get ruined by illness. There are steps you can take to help prevent getting sick on your trip. Gundersen Health System's Travel Clinic can provide the proper medical preparation.
The Travel Clinic is designed for people traveling outside the United States. An appointment is recommended if you are traveling to:
- Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean
- Eastern Europe
- South America
- Other tropical climates
Doctors in the Travel Clinic will make sure you have the required or recommended vaccinations for your trip, get you up-to-date on routine immunizations, and talk about any health concerns you may have.
You should schedule an appointment 6-8 weeks before leaving to make sure you have enough time to get the appropriate vaccinations and prescriptions. Some vaccinations may take time to become effective or you may need a series of vaccines given over days or sometimes weeks.
Many countries in Africa and South America have strict requirements for yellow fever vaccination. Hepatitis A, typhoid and meningococcal vaccines may also be recommended. For an overview of the vaccination and medication needs for each country you are planning to visit, please refer to the CDC Web site.
Doctors in the Travel Clinic may also prescribe medications. Some may include an antibiotic for traveler's diarrhea or preventive medication for malaria. A careful review of a patient's medical history, medications and allergies may be necessary to select an effective medication with few side effects.
With your visit to the Gundersen Travel Clinic, you will be eligible to receive travel advice and support for additional travel for the following three years. Our travel shots are competitively priced compared to retail pharmacies. If more travel shots are needed for future trips, they can be given by our nurses at the direction of providers, without needing to make another provider appointment.
All travelers should make sure their overall health is stable, their medications are up to date, and their health insurance will cover them if they are ill or injured abroad. Also, not all policies cover travel clinic consultations, medications or vaccinations. We encourage patients to check with their insurers so that unexpected out-of-pocket costs can be avoided.
To schedule an appointment in the Gundersen Travel Clinic, call the Infectious Disease department at (608) 775-6882 or (800) 362-9567. Be sure to say you're traveling to a foreign country when you call.