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Travel Medicine

Travel Medicine specialists at Northwestern Medicine provide health advice and protection against disease for international travelers. Find out what you need to know as you prepare to travel abroad.


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.

Consultations include:

  • 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.

Travel immunizations

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:

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.

Travelers Alert!
Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage

We are in the midst of a nationwide shortage of Yellow Fever Vaccine. However, as one of the nationally designated yellow fever vaccine sites, we have ample supply of Stamaril®, the yellow fever vaccine currently available in the U.S. We require a full consultation to determine if you need the vaccine. If you are traveling to a yellow fever endemic area, please call to schedule your pre-travel consultation today.

As always, we appreciate the opportunity to work with you in planning a safe and healthy trip.

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