Whether traveling for business, pleasure, education or missionary work, medical precautions are necessary. Traveling anywhere in the world presents potential risks of exposure to diseases. The risks associated with these diseases can be significant and sometimes fatal. Risks can be related to customs, food or sanitation that may be different from that in the United States.
Loyola’s travel medicine, international medicine and traveler's immunization service offers full immunization services for patients who require vaccination against a variety of diseases that can be contracted during foreign travel. As part of that service, the nursing staff provides evaluations, consultations and immunizations in advance of travel, along with treatment of individuals who have returned from foreign travel and have an illness that may be travel-related. The nursing staff works in conjunction with infectious disease specialists from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Prior to Travel
A visit to Loyola's travel service will include a review of your destinations. Loyola’s healthcare professionals identify risks associated with travel to those destinations, provide information on avoiding these risks and will recommend immunizations or prescriptions that should be taken. Immunizations can be also administered during the visit.
Loyola’s travel service counsels individuals on the following issues:
- Pre-existing conditions such as pregnancy, cardiac or respiratory conditions
- Prevention of acquired infectious problems
- Travel-related medical conditions
- Medical care abroad
Loyola’s travel service stays up-to-date on current health concerns and disease outbreaks around the world.
Besides required immunizations, the Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends hepatitis A vaccine prior to travel to all developing countries. Travelers should also be up-to-date on vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, measles and polio.
Some immunizations or preventive medications need to be administered at least six weeks prior to travel, so it is important to schedule an appointment well in advance of departure.
For patients who contract an illness during travel, diagnosis and treatment is available through Loyola's travel service. The medical staff has the knowledge and experience to diagnose travel-related conditions not commonly seen by your primary care physician and can provide proper treatments and medications.
What to Bring to Your Appointment
At your first appointment with Loyola’s international medicine and traveler's immunization service, please bring a copy of your medical record or a list of any vaccinations you have already received. Please also bring a list of medications you are currently taking.
Most health insurance policies do not cover costs associated with travel. Loyola's travel service accepts payment at the time of service by cash, check or credit card only. You will be provided a receipt that can be submitted to your insurance company.