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If you’re planning to travel outside the United States this summer, a travel medicine specialist can give you important information to help you protect your health. In addition to giving you protective shots (travel vaccinations) and preventive medicines, your doctor can make recommendations based on your age, medical history, overall health, destinations, and activities and length of your trip. He or she also will tell you about health risks in certain countries and explain how you can help protect yourself from them.
Summit Medical Group infectious diseases expert Daniel Hart, MD, recommends seeing a travel medicine specialist 4 to 6 weeks before your trip. "It’s important to bring your trip itinerary with you to the visit so your doctor can tailor advice to your specific plans,” says Dr. Hart. He adds, "If you have received prior vaccinations, let your doctor know. A booster may or may not be needed."
"Receiving the appropriate vaccinations and medication prior to travel can help protect you from illness,” notes Dr. Hart; "We want your trip to be memorable – for the right reasons!"
When traveling abroad, follow safe food and water practices, including:
To protect yourself from insect bites:
Although bug sprays with a higher concentration of active ingredient protect longer against mosquito bites, concentrations higher than 50% cannot protect you for longer periods. Products with less than 10% of an active ingredient may only protect you for 2 hours or less.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our travel medicine specialists, please call Summit Medical Group Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine at 973-436-1719 for Livingston or 908-277-8654 for Berkeley Heights.
For advice on children age 15 years and younger, please contact Summit Medical Group Pediatrics at 908-273-4300 for an appointment.