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 experienced clinical 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 in the clinic have special training and knowledge in travel medicine and work in conjunction with Infectious Disease specialists from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. The Travel Medicine team has access to travel health databases for the latest information relevant for travelers visiting anywhere in the world.
Prior to Travel
A visit to Loyola's Travel Medicine Service will include a review of your current health conditions, your travel destinations and your activities while traveling, and provide a customized plan for preventing infection. Loyola’s healthcare professionals will identify risks associated with your travel plans, provide information on avoiding these risks and recommend the immunizations and/or prescriptions that should be taken. Immunizations can be also administered during the visit.
Loyola’s travel service counsels individuals on the following issues:
- Precautions specifically related to pre-existing conditions such as pregnancy, cardiac or respiratory conditions
- Prevention of acquired infectious problems including insect-borne diseases
- Travel-related medical conditions
- Medical care abroad
- Precautions for safe traveling with children
- Prescription instructions
- Possible immunization side effects
Loyola’s Travel Medicine Service stays up-to-date on current health concerns and disease outbreaks around the world and can give information and vaccinations beyond the scope of what most primary care physicians provide.
The following immunizations can be provided:
- Hepatitis A and B
- Japanese encephalitis
- Meningococcal (meningitis)
- Measles, mumps, rubella
- Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis
- Yellow fever* (*We are a nationally designated yellow fever vaccine site but due to shortages of this vaccine, please call in advance to check on availability if your travel requires yellow fever vaccine)
Regardless of country-specific recommended 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 in order to be effective, 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 Infectious Diseases Clinic. The Travel Clinic staff can provide triage to help you see an Infectious Diseases physician who has the knowledge and experience to diagnose and treat travel-related conditions not commonly seen by your primary care physician.
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.
Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO insurance will pay for your clinic visit and vaccines if you submit the receipt provided at your clinic appointment. Most other health insurance policies do not cover costs associated with travel. Loyola's Travel Medicine 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 for consideration of reimbursement.
Travel Medicine Clinic Locations and Hours of Operation
|LOC||Tuesday 11 am - 7 pm|
|Thursday 1 - 5 pm|
|Burr Ridge||Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm|