Each year as many as 45 million Americans travel the world. As many as 25 percent of them will acquire some type of illness during their trip, including the common cold, diarrhea and some very serious, potentially fatal conditions.
Using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Edward-Elmhurst Health’s Travel Medicine Clinics provide advice and protection against disease for international travelers.
A consultation at the Clinic includes a review of all planned destinations, time of year for the trip, purpose of the visit, duration of stay, allergy history, vaccination history and past medical history.
Edward-Elmhurst Health Travel Medicine Clinics offer the following services:
- Hepatitis A vaccine
- Hepatitis B vaccine
- Influenza vaccine
- Japanese encephalitis vaccine
- Meningococcal vaccine
- Polio vaccine
- Rabies vaccine
- Tdap vaccine
- Tetanus vaccine
- Typhoid vaccine
- Varicella vaccine
- Yellow fever vaccine
It’s recommended to contact the Clinic at least six weeks before departure to allow time for necessary immunizations and assessment of any adverse reactions. Some vaccinations may require more than one dose. Payment is due at time of service. Appointments are required.
To schedule an appointment in Hinsdale at the Edward-Elmhurst Health Center, 8 Salt Creek Ln., with Michelle Sweet-Albores, MD, call (331) 221-2550 or go online at www.EEHealth.org/EMMG.
To schedule an appointment in Naperville at Edward Hospital’s Occupational Health Clinic, 801 S. Washington St., with Kathleen M. Kelley, MD, call (630) 527-7299.
For more information, visit www.EEHealth.org/services/travel-medicine.