Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
The following are frequently asked questions from travelers regarding the services of Mount Auburn Hospital's Travel Medicine Center
What should I expect at my travel consultation?
Golden Palace Thailand, Bangkok
An appointment with our staff generally takes 45-90 minutes. The more information you bring to the appointment, the more efficient we can be. Please bring any past vaccination information you may have as well as a detailed itinerary for your trip.
Your consultation will include:
- Country specific analysis of your itinerary and activities
- Review of your medical and immunization history to develop an individualized plan
- Advice and prescriptions for medications to prevent malaria, treat diarrhea, motion sickness, and altitude sickness
- Country specific information, health hints, and useful web sites
- Immunizations, both special and routine immunizations available
- International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis as approved by the World Health Organization
- Reference materials for travelers with chronic illness (such as diabetes, HIV, and chronic lung disease)
Why can’t the Travel Medicine Center give me a list of the immunizations I’ll need before my appointment?
Such a list does not exist. Determining what you’ll need is based many factors including: destination, length of stay, what you’ll be doing, health history, and past immunization history. This is not a quick matter which can be discussed by telephone. Scheduling an appointment with our staff will assure you of accurate, up-to-date information tailored to your specific needs.
How soon before I travel do I need an appointment?
Peru Machu Pichu, Cuczo
How soon you need to be seen depends on where you are going, what you’ll be doing and how long you’ll be there.
- For the average one to two week tourist/ business trip being seen 2 weeks to 1 month before travel is ideal. It is still worthwhile to be seen even if you will be traveling with next day!
- Travelers staying more than three weeks or planning to be in remote areas may need more time to prepare. 4 weeks to 8 weeks is advised.
What should I do if I’m sick after travel or would like to be screened for infectious diseases?
If you are ill after travel, contact your primary care physician for either an evaluation or a referral to the Division of Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital.
Center for Disease Control
U.S. Department of State
IAMAT (International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers)