A pre-travel consultation is an office visit designed to provide you with the information you need to understand any potential health risks associated with your travel plans, including diseases that are present and prevalent in your destination location. The Travel Health Center is part of the New York Center for Travel and Tropical Medicine, offering in-depth information about potential disease risks from food and water sources as well as insect-borne diseases and diseases that may be passed by other infected people or animals. During your consultation, you'll receive information about available vaccines and when and how often they should be administered for optimal effectiveness. You'll also receive details about how to avoid disease risks to decrease your risk of contracting serious illnesses, including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and typhoid fever.
No, Travel Health Services offers consultation services for people who are relocating to other areas of the world, as well as for those planning extended vacations or stays associated with work, pleasure, research or for other reasons. In addition, Travel Health Services offers special consultation for international adoption and for people who have special needs as well as pre-existing medical conditions.
Ideally, you should schedule your consultation appointment as soon as you have confirmed your travel dates. Scheduling in advance ensures you'll have ample time to receive the vaccinations you need to avoid serious infections and diseases. Additionally, you'll receive other information that can help ensure you understand the disease and health risks you'll be facing, as well as how and where to get treatment in your destination if you contract a disease.