Don't let your next trip abroad get ruined by illness. Gundersen Health System's Travel Clinic can provide the proper medical preparation.
An appointment at the Travel Clinic is recommended if you are traveling outside the United States, especially to:
- Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean
- Eastern Europe
- South America
- Other tropical climates
Be sure to say you're traveling to a foreign country when you call for your appointment.
Doctors in our 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.
Schedule your appointment at least 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, refer to the Center for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC).
Doctors in the Travel Clinic may also prescribe medications such as an antibiotic for traveler's diarrhea or preventive medication for malaria.
Travel support for three years
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.
You should make sure your overall health is stable, your medications are up to date, and your health insurance will cover you if you become ill or injured abroad. Also, not all policies cover travel clinic consultations, medications or vaccinations. Check with your insurer so unexpected out-of-pocket costs can be avoided.