Before traveling, it is crucial to learn which vaccinations are required or recommended for your destination. Immunization needs are constantly changing by geographical location, particularly the developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Plan to speak to our Travel Health professional approximately two months prior to your trip. Pre-planning for essential needs and receiving vaccinations in advance of your trip will allow time for visits to your physician and the required amount of time for the necessary immunizations to take effect prior to your trip. Please be prepared to bring along your immunization record for us to review.
You’ve planned every detail of your trip, from comfortable shoes to passports and visas. Have you packed that cure-all pink medicine? Gotten your vaccinations? Filled your prescriptions? We take our health for granted. If you’re not sick, why worry about getting sick, right? Wrong. Your health should be at the top of your list! Who wants to search for a doctor in a foreign county? Or worse, would you want to spend your vacation nursing the flu or dysentery in a foreign hotel room? Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Occupational Health Services established a Travel Health Program designed specifically for those traveling away from home.
Travel Health Services helps prepare you for the physical rigors of travel through pre-travel health planning, vaccinations and travel health maintenance especially for persons with chronic health concerns.
Your pre-travel consultation with Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Occupational Health Services professionals will include an overview of medical concerns and requirements for your travel destination.
We will review your current immunizations, the immunization regulations for your destination, and your current health including preexisting medical conditions. Your pre-travel consultation will include recommendations for:
Contaminated food and water is one of the most common ways travelers develop illness. While travelers’ diarrhea may sideline you for a few days, more serious illness can mean the end of your trip. Typhoid fever, hepatitis A and travelers’ diarrhea are all transmitted by contaminated food and water. In developing countries, mosquitoes can be a threat to your health. Malaria, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis, and yellow fever are all transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Some immunizations can take up to two months to complete. It is important to visit us as soon as you know your destination and itinerary.
Occupational Health Services
2610 N. Alexander
Baytown, TX 77520