Protecting Travelers at Drexel Travel Health
International travelers are often exposed to parasitic, viral, bacterial and mosquito-borne diseases that are uncommon in the United States. In addition, changes in food, water, climate and altitude can cause illness when abroad. The Drexel Travel Health Center is dedicated to helping travelers enjoy a safe, illness-free trip.
Specialists at the Drexel Travel Health Center are board certified in infectious diseases and internal medicine. We work with groups and individuals to review their itineraries and medical histories so we can provide personalized consultation prior to travel, and any needed follow-up after you return home. In addition to providing any required or recommended vaccines, we offer medication for prevention and treatment of travel-related illnesses, as well as individualized advice for a safe and healthy journey.
Preventive Treatments and Services for Travelers
Make an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with the Drexel Travel Health Clinic, call 215.762.6555. Because many vaccines do not take effect immediately, it is recommended that you make an appointment to see us four weeks before your departure.
The Drexel Travel Health Center provides:
- Pre-travel consultation with infectious disease specialists
- Customized health information, including where to seek care while abroad, for your specific travel schedule
- Travel vaccines for protection during trips
- Prescriptions for malaria prophylaxis
- Antibiotics and other medications to have on hand in case of illness during travel
- Personalized recommendations for effective precautions to prevent infection and illness
- Travel health planning for couples, families or groups including schools, missions and other organizations
The Drexel Travel Health Center provides immunizations for a host of illnesses including:
- Japanese encephalitis
- Meningococcal disease/meningitis
***Please note: due to national shortage, the yellow fever vaccine is currently subject to extremely limited availability.***
Please call to discuss pricing and vaccine availability prior to scheduling your appointment, as unexpected manufacturer shortages beyond our control may occur. Most insurance plans do NOT cover travel health–related services or vaccines, nor "routine" vaccinations (e.g., MMR, hepatitis A, hepatitis B) given at a travel health clinic. Routine vaccinations are often available from your primary care physician or from a retail pharmacy on a walk-in basis.
The Drexel Travel Health Center recommends that you carry the following items when traveling outside of the United States:
- Health insurance card
- Copies of prescriptions
- First aid kit
- International certificate of vaccination
- Medications (prescription and over-the-counter)
- Contact information for your primary care doctor
- Medicine for diarrhea
- Diabetic prescriptions and supplies if needed
- Sunblock (SPF 15 or greater)
- Insect repellent with DEET
- Passport, visa and copies of each
Learn more about travel health planning.
The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.
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