From India to Peru, from Kenya to China—no matter where your travels may take you, Northwestern Medicine can help you stay healthy along the way.
By utilizing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our specially trained staff help travelers of all ages prepare for and enjoy a safe and healthy journey. It’s one way to help ensure that the memory of your trip is a happy one.
Our experienced clinical staff includes registered nurses with special training and expertise in travel medicine. They provide useful information based on experience and access to extensive travel health databases.
Why choose Northwestern Medicine for travel medicine?
At Northwestern Medicine, you’ll get expert advice from Travel Medicine specialists who are board-certified in infectious diseases and have the latest information on health conditions and concerns around the globe.
The Travel Medicine team will tailor services specifically to your current health, the countries you’ll visit and the activities you hope to enjoy while you’re away from home.
Customized health consultations
Through computerized access to the CDC, the World Health Organization and the U.S. State Department, our nurses provide a comprehensive consultation for travelers before immunizations are administered and prescriptions are written. Consultations are customized according to your itinerary, planned activities, medical consideration and history.
- Preventive hygiene practices
- Potential immunization side effects
- Review of relevant health conditions
- Prescription instructions
- General travel information
Travel Medicine’s scope
Your Travel Medicine specialist picks up where your family physician leaves off when you plan to travel abroad. The Travel Medicine team provides vaccinations against infectious diseases that are still prevalent in developing or tropical countries, as well as detailed information about precautions to take to stay healthy while you’re away. Services include:
- Food/water precautions: Familiarize yourself with foods and beverages to avoid, as well as medications to pack that might not be readily available when you travel overseas.
- Insect precautions: Learn how to protect yourself from the many insect-borne diseases still prevalent abroad.
- Country-specific information: Get travel alerts, crime information, embassy locations and resources for medical care in the countries you’ll be visiting.
- Specific health conditions: Learn what special precautions you need to take with conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy, and heart or lung conditions.
- Traveling with children: Get tips for safe travel, items to bring from home and activities to avoid, such as swimming in fresh water or visiting farms.
We offer immunizations for preventable diseases transmitted through the air, by mosquitoes, in food and water and in blood and bodily fluids. Once the appropriate immunizations have been administered, travelers are given a Certificate of Vaccination, which is necessary for entry into many foreign countries.
In addition to many routine immunizations, we offer a number of travel-related immunizations, including those for:
- Yellow fever (Note: our Streeterville location and our Naperville location are federally designated yellow fever immunization sites.)
- Japanese encephalitis
- Hepatitis A/B (Twinrix©)
We also provide prescriptions for prevention of:
Receive more information and travel immunizations at one of the locations below.
Note: Immunity can take at least 10-14 days to develop. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you schedule your appointment four to six weeks before your departure, if possible.
Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage
We are in the midst of a nationwide shortage of Yellow Fever Vaccine. Consequently, we have been forced to prioritize our vaccinations and have developed a scheduling program that will allow us to provide yellow fever vaccine to those travelers that require the vaccine for travel and to those travelers to whom it has been recommended.
When scheduling your travel visit, please be aware that you may or may not receive your yellow fever immunization at your initial visit. You may be asked to make a second appointment and return for the yellow fever vaccination at that time.
Please be assured we are working very hard to minimize any inconvenience to our patients during this nationwide shortage. We ask for your patience and understanding as we attempt to meet all our travel patient’s needs.
As always, we appreciate the opportunity to work with you in planning a safe and healthy trip.
- Travel Medicine Screening Questionnaire
- Travel Medicine Brochure
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*
- International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers*
- U.S. Department of State*
- World Health Organization*
- Request for Treatment: Occupational health and travel medicine treatment request form