The pre-travel consultation is an opportunity for our travel medicine providers to share with you detailed information about your travel, taking into consideration your itinerary, risk tolerance, and medical history. Many travelers may not be aware of certain precautions and risks at the destination, so we can help fill that knowledge gap.
Typical information reviewed in the pre-travel consultation include insect precautions, food and water safety, rabies, and altitude health. The Traveler History Form (accessible here) will be reviewed and health issues will be addressed in relation to the travel destination and potential risks and concerns. Additionally, possible prescription medications, such as for malaria or an antibiotic for Traveler's diarrhea, will be discussed.
Some may think the pre-travel consultation is unnecessary and that one can gain this information online through various resources. While it is true that there are resources online which provide country-specific travel information (see our Links page for examples), we can clarify potentially overwhelming and confusing information and construct a clear, understandable plan that works for you. To that point, the pre-travel consult is a vital part of our travel medicine services.