Infectious Diseases

Travel Medicine

Whether you are about to travel abroad and need vaccinations, or have contracted a disease while traveling, our infectious disease specialists can help. Many countries require certain vaccinations, while others are recommended. We have the expertise to help keep you safe and healthy, wherever you’re going.

For pre-travel consultations—in addition to the appropriate shots—we can offer dietary and safety suggestions, make recommendations based on your overall health, and take into consideration your current medications. Depending on your itinerary, you may be prescribed travel medicines such as anti-malaria medication. Make sure you have your immunization records and travel itinerary when you come to see us. It’s important to get vaccinated four to six weeks before you travel. Taking precautions now will not only keep you healthy on your trip, but will also make sure you don’t bring any serious diseases home to your family, friends, or community.

Consultation for Individuals, Groups, and Organizations

We provide consultations for individuals, businesses, and groups. Customized services for business travelers, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), and others are available. Please call us to discuss your particular travel health concerns and needs. We speak English and Spanish. Whether you’re traveling for pleasure or business, we will do our best to make sure you have a healthy and safe trip. 

The Mount Sinai Travel Medicine Program is part of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Yellow Fever Vaccinations

The Mount Sinai Travel Medicine Program is a designated Yellow Fever Center and offers official yellow fever vaccine certificates to both adults and children. As an academic center for travel medicine, Mount Sinai serves as a referral center for patients working for the United Nations and Doctors Without Borders.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the yellow fever vaccine is recommended for people aged 9 months or older who are traveling to or living in areas at risk for yellow fever virus transmission in South America and Africa. Yellow fever vaccine may be required for entry into certain countries. Yellow fever vaccination requirements and recommendations for specific countries are available on the CDC Travelers’ Health page.

For most travelers, a single dose of yellow fever vaccine provides long-lasting protection, and a booster dose of the vaccine is not needed. However, some travelers may require a booster dose. Also, certain countries might require a booster dose of the vaccine; visit the CDC Travelers’ Health page for information on specific country requirements. We can help you to determine if you may need a dose of yellow fever vaccine or a booster dose before your trip to an area at risk for yellow fever.

Note: Because of a total depletion of their supply of YF-Vax, the manufacturer (Sanofi Pasteur) has worked with the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make an alternative yellow fever vaccine, Stamaril, available at select locations until YF-Vax supply returns. Learn more about availability of the vaccine.

Fees

Currently we send all bills for the travel medicine consultation and vaccinations to insurance companies.  Different plans have different coverage policies.  If the insurance company does not cover the services listed, the traveler will be responsible for the costs of the vaccines and the visit. Please contact your insurance provider prior to the visit to find out more.