If you’re planning a trip abroad, be sure to add a visit to Dedication Health’s travel clinic to your itinerary. Our specially-trained onsite travel medicine specialist, Dr. Santiago A. Candocia, will equip you and your family with the knowledge and pre-travel preventative care that you need to stay healthy. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, visiting a travel clinic before you go is important. There are health risks when we travel, especially overseas. Travel medicine clinics lower those risks with pre-travel consultations, travel immunizations, and medication allowances for international travelers.
Travel Health Services
The specialty of travel medicine was developed to prepare and protect the increasing number of people who travel, for business or pleasure, to international destinations. Especially those that are still considered health risks. Because the risk for certain diseases can vary greatly from one city or town to another even within one country, it’s important to know as much about your itinerary as possible. Dedication Health’s Travel Clinic provides travel health services tailored to your destination, itinerary, and health. Our doctors will review your medical history and travel plans to make sure that you have everything you need to stay healthy and safe on your trip.
Travel Clinic Consultation
During your travel consultation, you will meet with the travel clinic’s travel medicine specialist to establish your medical history, review your upcoming itinerary, and determine the medical risks for your particular state of health and your particular trip. Our travel medicine specialists will review how your medical history relates to your particular travel plans and help you take the right preventive measures before you leave the country. We will research where you are traveling and share with you the most up-to-date information, including:
- Recent local health concerns
- Availability of healthcare in the area
- Travel safety information based on your destination(s)
- Dietary advice: What to eat and what to avoid
- Tips to protect yourself from insect bites and insect-borne diseases
- Potential political unrest and other safety issues
- Follow-up care upon your return
Traveling exposes people to different foods, water quality, and climate. The doctors at Dedication Health’s Travel Clinic will recommend effective protection measures and provide you with safety recommendations with personalized, destination-specific information. Your travel medicine specialist will also advise you on how to safely manage and control relevant health conditions during travel, such as diabetes, pregnancy, and heart or lung conditions.
Visiting new countries can expose you to illnesses rarely seen in the United States. However, there are several ways to protect yourself from foreign invaders, starting with travel vaccines. Travel vaccines, also called travel immunizations, are shots travelers can get before visiting certain areas of the world that help protect them from serious illnesses. A travel health clinic is authorized to provide vaccines required to enter foreign countries as well as those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Certain travel vaccines may help families reduce the risk of acquiring illnesses during international travel. The most common health risks are Traveler’s Diarrhea, malaria, yellow fever, typhoid fever, rabies, and hepatitis. As well as dengue fever, Japanese Encephalitis, schistosomiasis, the Zika virus and more.
Since most vaccines require 10 to 14 days to induce the body to produce protective antibodies, be sure to book your travel consultation accordingly. We recommend visiting our travel clinic 4-8 weeks before your trip. This gives Dr. Candocia enough time to administer immunizations that require a series of shots and gives the travel vaccinations time to work. Getting your travel vaccines before you leave is a safe and effective way to help protect yourself from bringing home more than you bargained for.
Travel Medicine Allowances
The best way to avoid health problems overseas is to get your travel immunizations before you leave. A travel health clinic is authorized to provide vaccines required to enter foreign countries and those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Certain recommended vaccines may help families reduce the risk of acquiring illnesses during international travel. Some prescription medicines which may be safe at home could be considered illegal in other countries. Our travel clinic can help:
- Give insight into your destination’s prescription medication allowances
- Provide further information or permits you may need in order to travel with your medications
- Prescribe medications to prevent or treat motion or altitude sickness, malaria, and traveler’s diarrhea as needed
- Determine whether certain medications you take are illegal where you are going, including over the counter medications
- Ensure you have enough of your current prescriptions or obtain any necessary travel prescriptions or prescription refills for your trip
Travel Clinic Near Me: Visit Dedication Health in Chicago
If you are searching for a travel clinic near Chicago, choose Dedication Health. Our travel medicine specialist, Dr. Santiago Candocia, will advise you on what to do before, during and after your trips. For more information on our travel clinic or travel health services, please call Dedication Health now. Our practice manager, Christine, would be happy to answer any further questions you have. Call 847-986-6770 or complete our online form to get started.
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