Traveling outside the United States is exciting, but certain destinations can put you at greater risk of illness or injury. At St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group in Lynwood, California, family practice specialist Jatin Bhatt, MD, and pediatrician Chong Tak, MD, make sure you’re up-to-date on necessary vaccines and offer recommendations for safe travel when you leave the country. If you’re planning to travel abroad, call the office to set up a travel medicine visit or request your appointment online today.
Traveling outside the United States is generally safe, but it always carries some health risks because you’re exposed to new people, places, and infections.
Discuss your intended destinations with Dr. Tak as well as your planned activities. He may recommend specific vaccines in addition to those that are standard in the United States to protect you from disease.
Plus, he offers strategies to help you manage any health conditions you may have when you’re away from home.
People who have a weakened immune system, suffer from a chronic condition like diabetes, or are especially young or old should definitely check in with the providers at St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group before traveling outside the country.
If your travel involves volunteering in remote areas or serving underprivileged populations, Dr. Tak can recommend precautions you should take during your travels. Travel medicine services also include important precautions you can take regarding food and drink.
Some diseases, like measles or whooping cough, that rarely occur in the United States are more prevalent elsewhere in the world. Dr. Tak and the team at St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group provide any recommended vaccines, so you’re less vulnerable to contracting a disease or spreading it.
Plan to visit St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group at least one month before your planned travel. If you need to receive specific vaccines, your body needs time to build up immunity before you arrive at your destination.
Some vaccines are given in stages over the course of a month. For example, should you need a vaccination for yellow fever, it must be taken 10 days prior to your departure.
The health systems in other countries differ from those in the United States. Vaccines, for example, may not have the same formula or be as effective. Plus, you may run into issues with payment and access to care.
While you can’t prevent all medical emergencies, taking measures in advance of your trip to prevent a medical emergency or incident is smart.
To schedule your travel medicine appointment, call St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group or use the online tool to request your visit today.