Our travel clinic administers and offers expertise in vaccines to prevent exotic diseases such as yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, and rabies. Young travelers, particularly small children, need to have their immunization schedules up to date, as deadly childhood illnesses (diphtheria, measles, polio, and mumps) are still problematic in some nations. The yellow fever vaccine requires certification in order to be accepted as evidence of immunity in some countries before entry. And, prophylaxis against malaria involves the use of unusual antimalarial drugs rather than vaccination.
The clinic can also offer valuable "tips" that can save a traveler major headaches. For example, did you know that your can of bugspray can explode in your luggage at 40,000 feet? What medications might be advisable to take for unforeseen ailments (diarrhea, seasickness, or nausea) for a young traveler vs. someone in their 60s? What does one need to do about movement of prescribed drugs across international borders? Where does one go in Malawi if he/she has a heart attack?
Although the US government (and our web site) provides good and current information for the health and safety of US travelers, it does not replace having a personal relationship with a physician who is knowledgeable about the needs of people who travel abroad. The Travel Medicine Clinic at UTMB can--and would be honored--to fill this need for you.
Consulting with the Travel Clinic, part of the Infectious Disease Division at UTMB, can be a smart investment, enabling you to save valuable time, avoid unnecessary illness, and prevent your trip abroad from becoming a personal disaster. The clinic provides the required certifications and the necessary medical paperwork for international travel.
Remember, vaccines need time to become effective and only a certain number can be given during one visit. If you're planning a major trip, seek advice at the clinic at least six weeks before your departure to be sure there is adequate time to take the vaccines, acquire needed medications, and become knowledgeable about the risks and prevention of disease during your trip.