From immunizations to food safety, it is very important that you prepare yourself to stay healthy while traveling abroad. The Overseas Travel Clinic at the University of Michigan Health System is available by appointment to people who need health advice before travel. Our staff of travel nurses, a medical assistant specialist and a physician trained in infectious diseases is informed of the latest information concerning health risks and vaccine requirements specific to travel destinations around the world.
Making an appointment before traveling
An appointment with our Overseas Travel Clinic is encouraged for anyone who is traveling to a country with malaria warnings, who may need self-treatment for travelers’ diarrhea, who is traveling to altitudes above 10,000 feet, or who need any of the following vaccinations: yellow fever, typhoid, meningococcus, rabies, or Japanese encephalitis.
Based on your itinerary, the travel nurse will provide targeted advice, appropriate immunizations, and prescriptions for the prevention or treatment of health issues that you may encounter at your destination. Our goal is to provide the health information and services that will help you travel without the worry of illness or disability.
Because some vaccines take time to work, it is important that you make your appointment well in advance of your departure date.
Preparing for your appointment
- Be sure to bring a copy of your immunization history with you to your appointment.
- You will also need to provide a list of places you are preparing to visit.
- Because of insurance policies, you may be required to cover the cost of your immunizations. You may call the clinic to ask about your particular insurance coverage and potential costs of your appointment.
- The clinic is in the Taubman Center, part of the U-M Medical Center in Ann Arbor. You may want to review our location and parking tips.
After you return from traveling
Returning travelers who develop medical problems abroad are encouraged to contact our clinic for diagnosis and treatment. The Overseas Travel Clinic works with the University of Michigan Infectious Diseases Clinic, which is staffed by certified subspecialists with training in geographic medicine.
If you meet with one of our travel nurses before your time abroad, they will explain to you particular symptoms to watch for after your return. In general, travelers should be aware of fever, persistent diarrhea, rash or skin ulcer, and leg swelling. If you are having any combination of these issues, it is best to seek a specialist for diagnosis or treatment.
More information vaccinations and travel advisories can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.