As the world becomes smaller, more individuals and families are making international travel plans that could affect their health and well-being. If you are traveling to an exotic locale, you should consult with the travel medicine specialist at Mount Sinai Doctors Brooklyn Heights. Our physician can provide destination-specific immunizations (including the often-required yellow fever vaccine), international travel prescriptions (such as having enough of your regular medicines and an emergency antibiotic on hand), as well as teach you to avoid water-, food- and insect-borne diseases. Our travel medicine physician can care for both adults and children.
Ideally, international travelers should consult with our travel medicine specialist a month to six weeks in advance of a short-term trip to receive the right travel vaccinations in time for takeoff. Planning a long stay? Make an appointment three to six months in advance of your departure in order to acquire the amount of prescription medications you will need to last your trip.
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Travel vaccinations, such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, meningitis, rabies and yellow fever, can be customized for your destinations according to up-to-date recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you receive the yellow fever vaccine, you will be given an International Certificate of Vaccination Hajj or Umrah pilgrims (religious travelers to Mecca in Saudi Arabia) getting mandatory vaccination against meningococcal meningitis will receive the required certification for visa purposes.
Our international travel medicine specialist will provide you (adults and children) with the most up-to-date education and advice on a full range of travel medicine services including preventive and post-travel measures.
Our services include:
- Prescriptions and preventive and self-treatment education on travel-related diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, altitude sickness, and infection
- Counseling on the use of insect-bite controls, including DEET bug spray, protective clothing, and mosquito netting for bedding
- Education on the safe handling of water and food while abroad
- Advice on how to avoid jet lag and other travel-related sleep disorders
- Blood tests to screen for previous immunizations
- Updates for tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, polio and flu
- Post-travel evaluation for any suspicious symptoms you experience upon your return