Travel Medicine Service
People who catch the "travel bug," are well advised to protect themselves against viruses and infections that may be prevalent overseas. New York Methodist Hospital offers an outpatient Travel Medicine Service with expert physicians who can provide advice and preventative treatment for those planning a trip to a foreign country. These physicians have the most up-to-date information about immunizations and vaccines, and can offer country-specific advice for disease prevention. NYM’s Travel Medicine Service can provide immunizations against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, yellow fever, typhoid, rabies, hepatitis A and B, and pneumonia, among others.
Even if the destination country does not have any specific health risks, it’s still advisable to include a visit to a physician for pre-travel preparations, including refill prescriptions. Often a physician can spot potential health issues that a patient might not consider, such as high altitude travel or precautions on extended airline flights.
Ideally, an appointment with a doctor at the Travel Medicine Service should be scheduled four to six weeks before the trip. Some vaccines must be given in a series over the course of days or even weeks, and most take time to become effective in the body. But even if time is short because of last-minute travel preparations, there are still benefits to be had from shots and travel advice before take-off.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a travel medicine specialist at New York Methodist, please call 718.246.8600.