are planning a trip abroad, you may need to make an
appointment to see a medical provider along with making your
who’s going abroad, particularly to a developing part of the
world, should be evaluated or contact a local travel clinic
because there are many things that need to be considered in
general but specifically for infectious disease
prevention," says Mayo Clinic infectious diseases
specialist, Dr. Stacey Rizza.
on where you travel, you may be advised or required to be
vaccinated against typhoid fever, yellow fever, hepatitis,
among other infectious diseases.
also are what we call prophylaxis," says Rizza. "If
somebody is going to an area that’s endemic for malaria,
they should take medications to prophylax, or prevent them,
from getting malaria while they’re traveling. There are
other antibiotics that frequently their physician will
recommend they bring along with them. In case they get sick
while they’re there, they can start therapy
traveling to these regions?
most areas of Central and South America you should at least
your travel plans with a physician or a provider in the travel
clinic," says Rizza. "For Africa, Southeast Asia,
many parts of the Caribbean, and some parts of the South
Pacific, it’s probably worth considering. Most of Western
Europe, North America, Scandinavia, Australia are safe to
travel to without having visited a travel clinic, but there
are certain exceptions to that. If you’re going to an area
in one of those places that has a particularly high incidence
of certain infections, and you’re going to be in a very
rural part for a long period of time, it’s worth visiting a
infectious disease physicians, including myself, would
advocate that, if somebody is going to travel, particularly to
developing parts of the world, they should visit a travel
clinic first; review their itinerary; review what they will be
doing in those areas; and get the appropriate education,
treatments, and appropriate vaccines before they leave."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides health
travel notices, along with information on vaccines required
for various destinations.