From medical guidance to vaccinations, we’ll help you stay healthy while you travel.
If you’re planning a trip outside of the United States, visit our Travel Center before you go. We provide complete travel medicine services for patients ages 15 and older. And we can help lower your chances of getting a serious illness while traveling.
Our infectious disease and travel medicine experts will go over your travel plans and find out if you need any vaccinations. They’ll also give you medical guidance about food, water and other possible health risks for the areas you’ll be visiting.
Please schedule your appointment two to eight weeks before your trip. This allows enough time for any needed vaccinations. If necessary, however, we can see you on shorter notice. To make an appointment, call 1-206-860-4447.
Appointments take 30 to 60 minutes. Before your visit:
- Complete paperwork online or when you arrive
- Review your health records for prior vaccinations
- See the CDC website for guidance based on your itinerary (the places you plan to visit)
During your visit, we:
- Review your itinerary to discuss travel goals and determine travel risks.
- Discuss possible risks associated with certain activities during your trip. These include getting health care, child care, exposure to certain animals, snorkeling and scuba diving, travel in rural or remote places, cruises, boating, camping and hiking.
- Review your past and current medical history to assess allergies, medications and health conditions.
- Provide vaccinations for preventable diseases.
- Educate you on travel topics, including:
- Food and water safety
- Traveler’s diarrhea
- Infections carried by mosquitoes and ticks
- Environmental risks (sun, heat, cold, high altitudes, dehydration and hypothermia, a dangerous drop in body temperature)
- Personal safety, behavior and sexual health
- Motion sickness and jet lag
- Animal bites and avoiding rabies
- Getting medical care while traveling
- International Certificate of Immunization or Prophylaxis (yellow card)
- U.S. State Department contacts
- Health information related to your trip
- First aid supplies and packing lists
Vaccinations (shots) we provide:
- Chickenpox and shingles
- Haemophilus influenza (a bacteria that can cause many different types of infections)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Immune globulin (for immediate protection to Hepatitis A)
- Japanese encephalitis (disease spread through mosquito bites)
- Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
- Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap and Td)
- Typhoid (by injection)
- Yellow fever
Most travelers return home in good health. But if you get sick during your trip, or if you have symptoms of an illness when you get home, please call us. Our specialists are here to help. This type of appointment is usually covered by regular health insurance.OR
The Travel Center does not accept health insurance because most plans don’t cover preventive travel services. Full payment for all travel-related health care services is due at the time of the appointment.
After your visit, we’ll give you documentation of the health services you received. You can submit this to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Your insurance plan may or may not cover these services.
We require a nonrefundable $50 deposit when scheduling the appointment. This goes toward the cost of your visit. If you cancel your visit without 24 hours’ notice and don’t reschedule it, you will lose your deposit.OR
Video: Travel Center At The Polyclinic
Dr. Trinh: So yes where are you going here?
Dr. Trinh: Here at the Polyclinic travel center, we provide detailed advice and counsel specific to your itinerary to make sure to maximize the health and to ensure that you don’t pick up anything you don’t want to pick up overseas or bring back anything that you don’t want to bring back. The travel map was created as a fun representation to see all the places that our patients were going to. It’s very exciting to see that they’ve been all over the world, every corner of the globe. I think it’s fun for them to see that they are a part of this bigger community of global travels. For the staff, I think it’s fun for us to see all the fun and exotic places that people are going to and have an opportunity to daydream or even you know plan our next vacation.
Troy Christensen, Travel Center Patient: So a good friend and I are going to go to Bali Indonesia and we’re gonna also check out New Zealand and a couple islands in the South Pacific so it’s a pretty involved itinerary. It’s nice to come here and do a really thorough review. Just easy to work with, easy to communicate with, they listen to you so because there’s some kind of big concerns when you go abroad like this if you have any interest in your health and staying safe and healthy while you’re away. I would definitely come back you know they give you some really good in-depth ideas and thoughts on how to keep yourself healthy abroad.
Dr. Trinh: So starting in August we will be opening up hours on Saturday morning and afternoon to better fit the busy schedule of our globe traveling patients. We think you can never plan too early so we encourage all of our patients to come in just give themselves a few months before they leave to learn about all the health and safety data that prevent any potential health risks overseas or and also to promote health and safety as well.
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