Travel Medicine Specialist

Travel Medicine

Travel Medicine services offered in The Loop, Chicago, IL

Before you leave the country for vacation or business, you need to make a travel medicine appointment with Michigan Avenue Primary Care in The Loop of downtown Chicago, Illinois. The skilled and dedicated providers at the multispecialty practice offer the treatments and guidance you need to stay healthy on your trip. Call the office today or schedule your travel medicine appointment online. Telehealth appointments are available when an office visit isn’t necessary.

Travel Medicine Q & A

What is travel medicine?

Travel medicine is an area of health care that ensures you stay healthy while traveling outside the United States.

The travel medicine experts at Michigan Avenue Primary Care stay current on the health risks when traveling to a foreign country. They provide the vaccinations, medications, and guidance you need to stay well.

Who needs travel medicine?

Anyone traveling outside the US benefits from a travel medicine appointment at Michigan Avenue Primary Care. Every country has its own entry requirements, and you’ll need certain vaccinations or tests before being allowed into the country.


You’ll also need travel medicine if you’re going to a country where diseases not common in the US are present, like Japanese encephalitis and yellow fever. Getting vaccinated for these diseases and updating your immunizations before your trip can prevent you from getting sick.

Michigan Avenue Primary Care also recommends travel medicine appointments if you have a chronic health condition that requires regular medication. You’ll need special prescriptions or paperwork to bring your medication with you or pick it up when you arrive at your destination.

Michigan Avenue Primary Care recommends scheduling your travel medicine appointment 4-8 weeks before your trip. Or at least two weeks before. If you need vaccinations, there’s enough time to get all your doses and build up an immunity.

What happens during a travel medicine appointment?

What happens during your travel medicine appointment will depend on your destination, when you’re traveling, and your medical history. Your Michigan Avenue Primary Care provider reviews your travel plans and medical history and completes a physical exam.

They spend time talking to you about your trip and the precautions you need to take to prevent getting sick while traveling, like not drinking tap water or drinks with ice. This is because some water sources in foreign countries can be contaminated and cause diarrhea and other illnesses.

Your provider will also talk to you about the vaccinations you’ll need and why and then administer them. They can also update your standard immunizations, giving you a tetanus booster and a flu shot.

Michigan Avenue Primary Care can provide prescription medication to manage an acute illness while you travel. They can also provide documentation for your regular prescriptions.

The last thing you want when traveling abroad is to get sick. To protect yourself, call Michigan Avenue Primary Care or schedule your travel medicine appointment online today.