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Travel health

29 April 2019

Travel Health Clinic, How to Choose?

When traveling, you must choose an international health professional. It is recommended to choose a Travel Health Assist Member to ensure that he is up to date on travel health newscasts

Consult our Members' directory of Travel Health Assist
 

Why choose a clinic specialized in Travel Health?

 

Medical expertise

 


To help you prepare for your stay, Health Travel clinics offer immunization services and provide practical advices. The health professionals, nurses, pharmacists and doctors of the clinic, assess the risks associated with your stay abroad. They analyze the different risk factors according to your destination, your medical condition, the program of your trip and the length of your stay.

Travel Health Council member clinics are knowledgeable about news on international epidemics. They can report destinations that pose a potential hazard to travelers. Indeed, no international law requires all countries to declare all their epidemics in real time and nobody officially insures the global census of epidemics. It is important to find out about the health recommendations for the area visited (vaccinations, malaria prevention, etc.), by consulting the country recommendations.

Similarly, by being a member of an international organization such as ISTM (International Society of Travel Medicine), you ensure the expertise of your clinic/pharmacy and an adequate and comprehensive training in the field of the health travel. They will be able to give you information sheets for advices and diseases at the destination as well as the letters required to be able to pass customs according to your physical condition.

 

Effective Consultation

 

Contact a travel health professional, member of Travel Health Assist at least 6 to 8 weeks prior to your departure. It will provide you with an effective consultation in preventing your future journey:

  • Make an appointment of approximately 45 to 60 minutes for a first consultation per person
  • Assessing your health status using a questionnaire
  • Evaluation and update of your basic vaccination, administration of recalls according to the schedule specific to each vaccine
  • Discussion of the risks at destination such as: Malaria, Dengue Fever, Zika Virus, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, etc.
  • Offer complementary vaccination according to international requirements and health risks related to destination, type of trip and duration.
  • Vaccination for each person
  • Discussion and presentation of the required advice according to the type of trip: Altitude, All-Inclusive, Cruise, Off the beaten track, Family-friends visit, holiday, business trip and others.
  • Information about symptoms that must be recognized when returning from a trip and that must lead to urgent medical consultation
  • Providing contact information for medical resources and embassy contact information at destination.
  • Provide phone contact information to reach your travel health professional if you have any concerns about your health while traveling

 

Are you a professional in Travel Health?
Find all the information on international health with the
Professional Package and Corporate Package

 

Prepare your appointment in a clinic


What should I bring when I go to the Travel Health Clinic?

 

  • Yout itinary
  • Vaccination record
  • Health insurance card
  • List of your medications

The public health system does not cover travel health consultations. The clinics/Pharmacies are therefore private: the price of vaccinations and consultations may vary from place to place.


I'm going on a trip, where to start?


To summarize :

  • You must identify the countries and regions you will visit. Do not forget to include stops and transitional countries if necessary.
  • Do research on the diseases at risk in these destinations and the recommended or mandatory vaccines, but above all get help from a clinic/pharmacy specialized in travel health
  • Select 1 to 3 health clinics/pharmacies while traveling. Learn about vaccine rates, consultation fees, and vaccine availability (not all clinics/pharmacies offer the same vaccines). You can then compare and select the one that suits you.
  • Before the appointment, you can think about the questions you would like to ask about health, advices to minimize risks, etc.
  • Prepare your documents


Are you a professional in Travel Health?
Find all the information on international health with the
Professional Package and Corporate Package

When traveling, regardless of your destination or physical condition, a consultation with a trained health professional is expected at least 6 weeks before your departure.

Christine Dumontet RN

President Dumontet CSV and Founder of Travel Health Assist

Équipe Santé voyage