Preparing individuals and families for international travel
Whether you are traveling internationally for vacation, business, humanitarian work or adoption, you have plenty of planning to do and details to handle.
We make it easier for you to take care of your health with a convenient one-stop travel clinic that serves children and adults. Our comprehensive services include:
- Immunizations, including yellow fever
- Prescriptions for malaria prophylaxis, traveler’s diarrhea, altitude sickness and more
- Specific health advice for your activities
- All vaccinations done on site
- Prescriptions and some over-the-counter supplies such as mosquito repellent and oral rehydration salts may be purchased at our full service pharmacy located steps away from the clinic
We know what you need
The health recommendations for specific areas of the world are constantly changing with new warnings often being issued. We stay on top of all those developments so that we can provide you with the right immunizations and medications and give you the best information possible.
At the clinic you will get extensive guidance on how to stay safe and healthy so you can enjoy your trip. We provide both verbal and written information on such topics as food and water safety, insect bite prevention, management of traveler’s diarrhea, malaria prevention and altitude sickness. We also provide written itinerary-specific information.
Do you speak another language?
We have interpreters on hand to help with translation, as well as extensive written communication in a large number of languages.
An experienced staff that understands your travel health needs
The Traveler’s Health Service at Tufts Medical Center is under the guidance of Director Laura Kogelman, MD, an avid traveler and infectious disease expert. She was fellowship trained in Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and has specialized training through the Gorgas Courses in Tropical Medicine.
The Traveler’s Health Service has been open for more than two decades serving travelers headed all over the world. The clinic operates within the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases, which has ten available infectious disease specialists who are able to evaluate returning travelers.
Because the travel clinic is a part of Tufts Medical Center, you have access to the resources and comprehensive care of a premier Academic Medical Center. This allows us to provide you with a full range of care as needed.
What Should I Know When Coming to the Traveler’s Health Service?
We can see you at any time before your trip, but we recommend that you come in four to six weeks prior to your departure. This provides enough time for certain immunization series to be completed and to become fully effective. When you come in, you should bring a complete immunization history along with your detailed itinerary.
During your visit, we will consult with you about your upcoming trip, administer vaccines and prescribe recommended medications. Most travelers require only one visit, though some may need follow-up nursing visits to complete certain immunization series.
Will insurance cover travel preparation health care?
Some, but not all, insurance companies will cover vaccines, booster shots and medications needed for traveling. You should check with your insurance company directly prior to coming to the clinic. We accept insurance and will work with you to obtain coverage when it is available.
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Depending on where you are going, you may need multiple vaccinations or booster shots. . Which vaccinations are recommended are determined by your vaccination and health history and the requirements of your destination. Some countries recommend that visitors get particular vaccinations while others require them as a condition of entry. We will provide you with all the documentation that you need.
You may also need prescriptions for antibiotics, malaria prophylaxis or altitude sickness.
All of the medications we prescribe are available at our pharmacy just down the hall. The pharmacy also stocks over-the-counter medicine and other products you may need such as bug repellent, sunscreen and rehydration salts.
We provide a comprehensive list of vaccines including:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Yellow Fever
After you return from your trip, we are available if you experience any travel-related health concerns. Call us if you experience any of these concerns:
- Urinary tract or genital infections
- Skin Disorders
When you refer your patients to the Traveler’s Health Service at Tufts Medical Center, you can be assured that we will work closely with you to ensure the continuity of their care.
We can provide for all of their routine and specialized travel health care needs whether they are leaving for a few days or a few months. We are a designated yellow fever vaccination center and offer a full range of immunizations.
We further prepare your patients with prescriptions for the specialized medicines that they may need and give them advice on healthy travel to their destination.
After we meet with your patients, we will provide you with a written report within 72 hours. We are available for follow up as needed.