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Travel Medicine

What is TravelMed?

TravelMed is a clinical medical service that provides consultation and immunizations for persons who will be traveling in other countries.

What can TravelMed do for me?

An estimated 50% of international travelers experience one or more symptoms of illness while traveling. Some health risks may be encountered only in exotic locales, while other problems, such as motion sickness, can occur virtually anywhere. But wherever you wander, the key to a healthy trip is planning ahead.

TravelMed can provide counseling and information regarding precautions you should take to prevent general illnesses or those specific to a country.

TravelMed staff will discuss your destination, how long you will be there, and the conditions you are likely to encounter. Your personal health history will be assessed, and you will be advised on any immunizations required and other health precautions.

What immunizations will I need to travel abroad?

The immunizations required will depend upon several factors:

  • which general immunizations you have received and when you received them
  • the specific country you are visiting
  • travel stops within the country
  • your accommodations
  • exposures you may encounter

Please bring any prior immunization records with you when you visit TravelMed.

General necessary immunizations may include:

  • Tetanus–diphtheria (Td)
  • Hemophilus influenza (HIB)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza, viral
  • Measles–Mumps–Rubella (MMR)
  • Pneumococcal pneumonia
  • Polio

Specific or required immunizations may include:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Plague
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow fever
  • Cholera

What kind of information can I get from TravelMed?

TravelMed can provide you with the latest information from two unique travel medicine list–serve sources and the US Public Health Service's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about health risks and concerns in the country or countries of your destination.

TravelMed can also provide you with tips for safe travel, the prevention of common travelers' ailments and special concerns. Examples include:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Motion sickness
  • High altitude sickness
  • Travelers' diarrhea
  • Tuberculosis
  • Malaria
  • Serious allergies
  • Heart conditions
  • Pregnancy
  • Eyeglasses, contact lenses
  • Prescribed medication
  • Health identification
  • Accident/health insurance

Do I need an appointment at TravelMed?

Yes. Just call 806–743–2757 to schedule your appointment at TravelMed. TravelMed is open from 8–5 Monday through Friday.

How do I pay for services at TravelMed?

If your travel is work–related, your employer may pay your TravelMed fees. If you travel is of a personal nature or not reimbursable by your employer, some services may be covered by your personal health insurance. We request payment at the time of your visit and will provide you with a receipt with which you can file a claim on your personal insurance.

Where is TravelMed?

TravelMed is located in the Texas Tech Physicians Medical Pavilion, located on the 1st Floor in the Family Medicine clinic.

How do I get more information about TravelMed?

Call TravelMed at 806–743–2757.

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