International Travel Medicine

The International Travel Medicine Clinic at Hennepin Healthcare provides a full range of services to prepare you for your international travel. This includes a detailed assessment of your trip and travel needs, extensive counseling about avoiding potential risks while traveling, administration of vaccines, and prescribing any medications you will need for your international travel.

Location

HCMC

Blue Building, B1.290

915 South 7th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55415

Services

Our clinical staff will provide you with any information related to outbreaks or health concerns in the areas you will be traveling.

We provide care for patients of all ages, and can provide travel medicine services for entire families who are traveling together.

The International Travel Medicine Clinic at HCMC will be providing the Stamaril yellow fever vaccine during the US manufactured vaccine shortage. More information about the shortage can be found on the CDC website. All travelers who need to receive Stamaril will need a formal visit in the travel clinic. Appointments can be made at 612-873-6963.

About your clinic visit

Your appointment at the International Travel Medicine Clinic will include a clinic appointment with physicians or nurse practitioners who specialize in travel medicine.

It is recommended that you schedule your appointment to occur at least four weeks in advance of your trip. If for some reason you are not able to schedule that far in advance, we will still work with you to prepare you for your trip. During your visit, our staff will review your travel itinerary, past medical history, current medications, and immunization history. We’ll make recommendations for any immunizations and medications you may need for your trip. We’ll also provide education about your destinations, including food and water safety, insect avoidance, road safety, and evacuation protocols in case of an emergency. You will leave our clinic with a personalized packet of information related to your trip.

It is recommended that you contact your insurance company in advance of your appointment to check your coverage for travel consultations and travel vaccinations, as not all insurance companies provide full coverage.

How to prepare for your visit

To make the most of your travel consultation and prepare for your upcoming trip, please follow the recommendations below:

  • Arrive 15 minutes in advance of your appointment to register
  • Allow at least one hour for your clinic visit
  • Bring your complete travel itinerary
  • Bring a list of current medications you are taking and a list  of any allergies
  • Bring a current vaccination record
  • Bring your international Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (Yellow Fever Card) if applicable
  • Bring your insurance information

Personal Medications

When we travel to other countries, we take with us the necessary clothing and accessories needed, including vitamins, over-the-counter preventive medications, as well as any prescription medications. Take the following guidelines for personal medications into consideration before you travel:

  • Don't forget your medications when you travel!
  • Keep your medications with you at all times
  • Keep your medications in their original containers
  • Don't leave your medications in checked luggage. Lost or delayed luggage could mean that you miss one or more of your scheduled doses.
  • Bring enough medication to last your entire trip; a few days of extra medication is also a good idea.
  • Review your medication dosage schedule with your physician or nurse practitioner before your trip. This is especially important if you will be changing time zones. It is recommended to make a list of any medications that you take, including the dosage and frequency as well as the reason that your take the medication.
  • Keep a list of your prescriptions in case you need to refill them.
  • If possible, avoid purchasing medications outside the U.S.
  • Have your health insurance information and card with you.
  • Always read any new prescription label carefully and follow the directions.
  • Your health kit, for domestic travel or for trips abroad, should include: first aid supplies, a thermometer, a mild pain reliever, hydrocortisone cream, an antacid, laxative, diarrhea medication, cough or cold remedies, sunscreen, motion sickness medication, and insect repellent.
  • Review the contents of your first aid kit with your pharmacist and discuss any possible drug interactions with prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications or herbal supplements you are currently taking.

For more information about your medicines and travel, ask your physician or nurse practitioner.

Common Conditions Associated with International Travel

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a viral infection spread to humans primarily by the bite of female Aedes mosquitos.

Malaria

Malaria is a significant health risk to all people who travel in malaria-endemic areas of the world.

Typhoid Fever

Typhoid Fever is a bacterial infection caused by exposure to a type of Salmonella bacteria called Salmonella typhi.

Heat and Sun

When visiting a country where temperatures and humidity exceed those you are familiar with, be sure to take extra precautions to prevent skin damage or heat-related illness.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

An estimated 250 million new cases of sexually-transmitted diseases occur worldwide each year. Learn more about personal protection. 

Traveler's Diarrhea

Traveler's diarrhea is a sudden intestinal infection that travelers often get when they are not used to microorganisms in the water supply or on the food in another country.

Zika Virus

Zika is a virus. It is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. It was first discovered in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947. For many decades, it was thought to be a rare cause of infection.

Hospital-based care

This is a hospital-based clinic owned by Hennepin Healthcare. Many insurance plans pay for health care services provided in a hospital-based clinic differently than those provided in a doctor’s office. Your insurance may require that you meet your annual deductible and/or require that you pay a percentage of the bill rather than just an office visit co-payment. You should check with your insurance company if you have any questions. Read our FAQs about hospital-based clinics to learn more.

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