Travel Medicine Service
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 refilling 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 NYM's 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.