What kind of questions will I be asked and how can I prepare for my ‘Pre Travel Consultation’ in order to get the most out of my visit?
Several topics will be covered during your consultation, which will last approximately 35 – 45 minutes. Completing an ‘Intake’ (paperwork) will be requested prior to your visit in order to spend the most time discussing your specific health and needs in relation to your specific trip/travel. Intake information for your visit will include specific travel information, country information, and your personal medical history. With proper planning, you can minimize the chance that your trip will be ruined by a health problem.
Do I really need to visit or consult a Specialist in Travel Medicine before my trip?
Health issues can and do occur while we travel, and sometimes repercussions become evident upon returning home.
A ‘Pre-Travel Consultation’ involves discussion with patients, usually lasting anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes after completing an intake form.
Information is provided specific to the individual and the geographic area of intended travel with a risk assessment and discussion, with time for questions and answers. Additionally, advice to reduce exposure to health risks is discussed, immunization/vaccines both recommended and/or required are reviewed and possibly prescribed; medications and/or natural supplements will be recommended to prevent and/or treat illnesses encountered while away on your trip, and advice for self-treatment will also be provided in case something does occur while you are away. Ideally, you should schedule your visit with plenty of time to get appropriate immunizations, and/or possibly start medications prior to travel. In general, at least 6 – 8 weeks before you travel.
How is a Specialist in Travel Medicine different from any other doctor or Dr. Google?
A Specialist in Travel Medicine will have experience and will also be Certified in Travel Medicine. Dr. Cruz will provide you with education and resources about health risks in the country(ies) you plan to visit. Additional topics will include common diseases occurring in the area(s) you plan to visit, what insects are there and what would happen if you were bitten, how you can protect yourself from insect bites, as well as emerging infectious diseases occurring around the world.
A Specialist in Travel Medicine will have access to specific information from the CDC, WHO, and other professional organizations in order to provide you with advice specific to your health and your itinerary in order to prepare you for your trip and destination. Prevention of health-related issues is one of the key components of preparing to travel and returning safely home.
What is Travel Medicine?
Travel Medicine first and foremost supports and promotes health and safe travel through education, research and recommendations tailored to the individual traveler and itinerary. Travel Medicine requires expertise, which draws from traditional disciplines, or specialties, and interweaves them into the travel-related aspects of preventive medicine, epidemiology, public health and treatment of the individual patient who has or may have travel related issues.
During a travel medicine consultation, a Specialist in Travel Medicine will make recommendations specific to individuals planning on vacation travel (including cruises), business travel overseas, missionary travel, mountain or high altitude travel and water sports that may include snorkel or scuba diving.
For example, among the communicable diseases that are significant problem in many foreign countries are yellow fever, malaria, typhoid, and hepatitis. Travel medicine seeks to address these through prevention and education.