Before you go: the importance of providing medical travel advice to members of the Stanford community.

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Before you go: the importance of providing medical travel advice to members of the Stanford community.

What is travel medical advice?

Travel purpose is to help you prepare for medical advice to potential health consequences in specific areas of the world, because these areas are the health risks of risk in the continental United States have to consider with you is different. Consult at least for advice on vaccines (typhoid, yellow fever, hepatitis a, etc.) and preventive drugs (such as anti-malaria). Travel medical advice rarely includes any type of physical examination, but please note that some visas and plans require a broader assessment, possibly including inspections and laboratory tests.

Who needs one?

If you travel to Canada and much of Western Europe, you sure are unlikely to benefit from the advice, but make sure you currently accepted conventional vaccines (including tetanus and measles, mumps, rubella) still has value. For all other trips, it is highly recommended to provide travel medical advice to students and faculty.

How does it work?

Travel medical advice typically involves face-to-face meetings with health care professionals trained in travel medical training. You should take a (usually you will be asked to provide these) the detailed list of drugs and drug allergy, detailed history of vaccination, not only list the countries and cities, but also list the trip special activities. On the latter, if you directly from the airport to western hotel for a three-day meeting, and then return to the airport, then travel to high-risk countries may actually risk is very low, but a sharp rise in risk situation if the schedule include afternoon visit to rural areas or out of the way, and plans to sample soil with food.

In the process of counseling, health care providers typically use an updated subscription service, such as Travax, to provide medical advice specific to your itinerary. The results can from simple advice, in certain period of time to travel to avoid the municipal water supply, to some of the recommended vaccines, anti-malarial drugs, and the appropriate antibiotics for travelers severe diarrhea. Most of the recommendations are just Suggestions (though they are more helpful than others), but in some cases – yellow fever is the best example – you will be told that vaccination is actually your travel requirement.

Consultant should also provide the opportunity, in applicable cases, review the related issues, such as plateau reaction, fear of flying, minimize time difference strategy, food and water prevention measures, and the most important pest control measures. In some cases, the TB test will be discussed before and after travel.

How long will the typical consultation last?

The typical consultation lasts 20 to 30 minutes. However, it is not possible to prepare any details for your intended trip. As part of the consultation, you should also refer to provide you with material, such as web links or the entire Travax reports, as well as project director and former colleague of visit to the region to provide health information. You may also need to visit your primary healthcare provider separately to supplement the baseline drug. For more than four weeks, your health insurance company may allow you to take a “vacation” to get a larger supply than usual. Travel advice should include information on predictable and problematic drugs, such as certain stimulants (such as the use of adhd) in some countries that are illegal. The traveller was arrested abroad for possessing Aderall.

Where can I consult?

Stanford students can get travel medical advice at the Vaden health center. Faculty and staff can be consulted at Stanford hospital and the clinic’s travel medical clinic. The palo alto region also has private clinics dedicated to travel medicine. No matter where you go, don’t wait until the last minute. Vaccinations take days or weeks to produce protective antibodies and, in particular exotic trips, may require a special vaccine order.

These inquiries are usually charged. Also note that the cost of travel drugs and travel vaccines may not be fully or partially covered by your health insurance plan. If the financial restrictions may limit your ability to comply with the recommendations, please be sure to clinical doctors to discuss with you the problem, so that you can give priority to common concrete Suggestions and consider a lower cost alternative.

When I was abroad, did my health insurance cover me?

Some health insurance plans offer little coverage in other parts of the country, and less in the rest of the world. We recommend that you contact your health insurance company and ask for benefits in other countries.

Stanford students, faculty and staff to take a formal course of sponsorship, travel will automatically receive some form of health insurance, but the specific situation of each course difference is very big, therefore, is very important to consult with your department or course administrator. In some cases, you will need to purchase additional insurance, which is usually relatively cheap and may prove to be lifesaving.

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