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Travel Health

The Johns Hopkins Travel Health Program

  • Your consultation: We will review your health history, including immunization history, and travel plans with you and complete a risk assessment based upon these factors. You will receive prevention recommendations which may include CDC-recommended immunizations, personal prevention behaviors and medications to prevent illness or to self -treat in the event of illness while traveling. This service is only available to adults 19 years of age and older. Pediatric travelers are not seen at the Travel Health Program. Immunizations - All routine adult vaccine as well as recommended and required vaccines will be reviewed. Recommendations are made based upon your completed travel risk assessment and CDC and WHO recommendations. Recommended travel vaccines can be received at the time of your visit.
  • Malaria Prevention - Malaria prevention strategies will be reviewed for those traveling to malaria endemic areas and will include, but not be limited to, a prescription for malaria prophylaxis for travel to risk areas. Medication choices will be discussed.
  • Travelers' Diarrhea – Prevention strategies for avoiding food and water borne diseases will be discussed. A prescription for diarrhea self-treatment, should you need it while traveling, will be provided. 
  • Other Prevention Strategies and Medications – Other travel itinerary specific risk and related prevention strategies will be discussed, such as the prevention of altitude-related illnesses.
  • Your travel health specialist will address any questions you might have.
  • You will receive printed information during your visit including country-specific information and general prevention and:
    • AnInternational Certification of Vaccination or Prophylaxis for any REQUIRED travel vaccine needed to enter or exist a country in your itinerary.  There is a charge for replacement of lost cards.
    • Vaccine Information Sheets (VIS) for each vaccine recommended during your visit outlined in Federal regulations. Please read them and ask questions prior to receiving immunizations.
  • Please note we are a consultative service. We do not provide immunizations independently of pre-travel office visits.

Payment Policy

With the exception of Johns Hopkins Employee EHP and Johns Hopkins BC/BS plans, most companies do not cover travel related visits or travel vaccines. Therefore, payment at time of service is expected.  Please note that we are happy to submit visit charges to your insurance company.  Should any portion of your visit charges be covered by your insurance plan, you will be reimbursed.  Payment by credit card, debit card, or flexible spending account card only is collected at time of service UNLESS there is an existing contract or similar arrangement with your sponsoring organization. Review fees before you receive immunizations.

You will be referred back to your primary provider for any routine immunizations in need of updating.

Illness After You Travel

The Travel Health Program is happy to assist you and your primary care provider to arrange an outpatient REFERRAL visit with the Tropical Medicine Ambulatory Consultation Service, a clinical service of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Please call 410.955.8931 for assistance. Check with your insurance provider to see if this service is covered.

Johns Hopkins Travel Health Program Faculty and Staff

Noreen A. Hynes, MD, MPH, DTM&H
Director, Johns Hopkins Travel Health Program and Travel Health Specialist

Karla Alwood, CRNP
Travel Health Specialist

Shone Sterner
Clinical Program Coordinator

Contact Information

Telephone: (410) 955-8931
Fax: (410) 614-2301