If you're planning a trip overseas, make one of your first stops a consultation with specialists in the travel medicine clinics at Mayo's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.
You meet with a doctor who is knowledgeable about current health risks worldwide and can help ensure that your trip is safe and healthy. Some people may also need to talk with doctors who have advanced expertise in caring for people with complex medical issues and travelers whose immune system is weakened (compromised).
Before your trip
Schedule a consultation well before you depart so the travel clinic specialist can help you prepare. Your in-depth pre-travel consultation may include:
- Evaluation of your overall health in relation to travel.
- Identification of health risks in your destination, such as exotic infectious agents, altitude sickness or heat exhaustion.
- Administration of vaccines to prevent illnesses found around the world.
- Prescription of medications to prevent certain diseases such as malaria and to self-treat diarrhea if it occurs while traveling.
- Extensive education and counseling about the unique health and safety concerns for your travel itinerary. You will leave with much helpful and up-to-date information.
After your trip
- Depending on where you're going and for how long, the travel clinic may recommend a routine follow-up evaluation after your return.
- The travel clinics can treat you if you acquire an infection on the trip. Travel clinic staff are the Mayo experts in treating parasitic and other diseases common to tropical regions but uncommon in the United States.