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Our Travel Clinic offers expert care both before and after your trip. From immunizations to care for illnesses caught abroad, we give our patients peace of mind when they leave the Chicago area.
The University of Chicago Medicine Travel Clinic offers complete travel care, ranging from consultation, immunizations and preventative medicine to post-travel care in the event of an illness.
During your visit, our travel nurse or doctor will meet with you to discuss the details of your trip, your medical history and your current health status. With the use of a travel disease database, the clinician will advise you of the required and/or recommended immunizations. Most of our patients are able to receive immunizations or prescriptions for preventive medicine during their initial visit.
In addition to providing expert medical care, our staff will inform you of general travel health guidelines, such as food, water and insect precautions. You will also be advised of particular health risks and disease outbreaks for the region where you are traveling. At the end of your consultation, you will receive written information specific to your destination and any vaccinations you have received.
When coming for immunizations, a pre-travel consultation fee applies. You qualify for a group evaluation rate if you are traveling with another person and both of you can be evaluated together at the same time. This is ideal for couples who do not mind sharing their health histories.
Preventive medications for diseases, such as malaria, and medications for common travel illnesses, such as diarrhea, are also available at the clinic.
In the event of an illness during or after your trip, we are available for post-travel diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. For example, we can perform blood tests to diagnose malaria and stool tests for parasites.
If you are not up-to-date with routine immunizations, we may advise you to have them updated. The most commonly recommended shots are measles, mumps, rubella and diphtheria/tetanus.
Because some immunizations take longer to become effective, it is best to schedule your visit no later than two weeks before departure (although some clients are seen later than this due to time constraints). If you are departing in a shorter time frame, we will make every attempt to schedule you as soon as possible. If you are planning to move to another country, please schedule your appointment several months before your departure.
In order to determine your travel needs and make your visit to the Travel Clinic as efficient as possible, please bring the following information to your appointment:
Our Travel Clinic is located on the medical center campus in Hyde Park, within the UChicago Medicine Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM). We are located in clinic 5D and are available for appointments on Friday mornings between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.
There will be a fee for the evaluation/consultation, as well as for any immunizations you receive. Prescriptions are paid for at your pharmacy. We offer group discounts. Insurance is not billed for travel clinic services, which means payment is due at the time services are rendered. We accept cash and major credit cards.
We will provide you with an itemized receipt for insurance purposes. Keep in mind that most insurance policies do not cover costs associated with travel.