Whether you’re taking your family on vacation, traveling for work or taking part in a humanitarian effort, the travel medicine specialists at Providence are here to help you prepare for international travel to make sure your global adventures are safe and healthy.
Food and drink precautions
Safe food and water can be a concern when traveling outside of the United States. We can help educate you on how to make water safe to drink as well as answer any questions you may have about international foods.
Mosquitoes can transmit diseases. We’ll help you avoid mosquito bites with information about the right insect repellents and how to use them correctly.
Please discuss any health issues with us before you leave so we can help you travel safely. Traveling when you’re sick can put you and others at unnecessary risk.
Vaccines and immunizations
Many vaccines take time to work effectively. Please visit us at least 4 to 6 weeks before you leave the country. If you’re leaving sooner, let us know. We can make sure you are up-to-date on your routine vaccinations, including a seasonal flu vaccine.
The most common medical problem with international travelers is diarrhea. Known as travelers’ diarrhea, it’s actually an acute illness with a sudden onset with watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, mild nausea without much vomiting and general malaise. We’ll help protect you from this unpleasant condition with tips and medication.