Advice from Your Internist at Washington Township Medical Foundation
Travel medicine is the branch of medicine that focuses solely on assisting
travelers with avoiding certain health problems that may be obtained in
travel. If you are an international traveler, it is important to be aware
of potential health risks in the areas to which you are traveling. Ask
your doctor for any advice he or she may have regarding preventative medicine,
immunizations, and other warnings and advice to be followed prior to the
start of your trip.
Immunizations for Travel
Your doctor may recommend the following immunizations in preparation for
travel to certain countries. In some cases, these vaccinations will be
required; in others they are only recommended.
Common shots travelers should receive include, but are not limited to,
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow fever
- Meningococcal meningitis
In addition, your doctor may recommend preventative medications for various
ailments including tuberculosis (TB), malaria, and / or traveler’s
diarrhea. Depending on the region you are traveling to, your doctor may
warn you about various risks or concerns, including dietary precautions,
weather warnings, personal hygiene, and insect bites. If you have any
pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, ask your doctor for
advice about preparing for travel.