Who Should You See Before You Travel?

Your own doctor or a travel specialist?

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For some travelers, your preparation for travel can be handled through your primary care physician's office. However, for many destinations, it would be preferable to consult a clinic that maintains up-to-date information on the occurrence of specific health problems at your destination(s) and current travel health recommendations. Consider the following questions:

1. Will you need any of the following vaccines -- yellow fever, typhoid, meningococcus, rabies, Japanese B encephalitis? (see the vaccine links for details)

Yes

No.

2. Is there a potential risk of encountering malaria in the areas of the country or countries in which you will be traveling?

Yes

No.

3. Do you anticipate needing self-treatment for travelers' diarrhea?

Yes

No.

4. Are you planning travel to altitudes greater than 10,000 ft. above sea level?

Yes

No.

If you answered Yes to any of these questions (or you do not know), you should consider making an appointment with a certified travel clinic.

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