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Johns Hopkins Health - Stay Healthy While Traveling Abroad

Spring 2010
Issue No. 8

Stay Healthy While Traveling Abroad

Date: April 23, 2010

family on a plane

Whether you’re vacationing, planning to study abroad, conducting business, volunteering or adopting, international travel means special health considerations. For example, do you know what types of vaccinations you or those traveling with you may need? Do you know when to get them? Do you need protection against malaria?

Those are the kinds of questions that the Johns Hopkins Travel Medicine Consultation and Immunizations service answers routinely during consultations. “We’re really about providing international travelers with preventive health counseling, prescription medications and immunizations to reduce the risk of illness while abroad,” explains medical director Noreen Hynes, M.D. “And we also evaluate and treat people who come back ill from their travels.”
A comprehensive 45-minute visit provides travelers with individual risk assessments based on their health, travel itineraries and anticipated activities.

“We also talk with them about destination-specific precautions, including information on food and water safety,” Hynes says.

It’s important, she adds, to schedule travel medicine consultations well in advance of your trip. Four to six weeks beforehand is a good idea. That’s because some vaccines must be given in a series over several days or even weeks.

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