Travel Medicine

Travel Medicine

If you are traveling abroad, it’s important to receive the relevant vaccines and other forms of travel medicine services before you leave. Or, if you’ve contracted a disease during your travels, then you must seek treatment as soon as possible. Whether you’re in pursuit of preventative travel care or travel disease treatment, the infectious disease experts at ID Care’s 10 locations throughout New Jersey are standing by to help.

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Donald T. Allegra, MD, FACP, FIDSA

“Travel Medicine, particularly on the international scene, involves infectious diseases. It’s more than just looking up a list of what vaccines are required for any particular destination. It’s integrating all kinds of other issues, whether it’s chronic illness, altitude sickness, malaria prophylaxis, security issues, political instability, among others. There’s many essential things that get put into Travel Medicine.”

Types of Travel Diseases

Depending on where your travels take you, you will be more or less likely to contract certain diseases. Some, however, are not bound by region, making it imperative that you receive all of the recommended vaccinations before going abroad. Some of the most commonly treated travel diseases include:

  • Hepatitis A and B: diseases that adversely affect the liver
  • Japanese encephalitis: a rare disease that’s spread by mosquito bites and causes brain swelling, as well as potential nerve or brain damage
  • Meningococcal disease: a bacterial infection that’s spread through nostril and throat secretions and can lead to fatal infections in the brain lining or blood
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR): a group of diseases that causes a variety of symptoms, including, fever, rash, headache, sore throat, fatigue, swollen glands, and more
  • Pneumococcal pneumonia: a disease caused by bacteria in the upper respiratory tract and spread through coughing
  • Polio: a contagious disease spread through contaminated food and drink
  • Rabies: a viral infection transmitted by the saliva of infected animals
  • Shingles: reactivation of the chickenpox virus that’s caused by the varicella-zoster virus and results in a painful, blistering rash
  • Tetanus: a bacterial disease characterized by muscle rigidity and spasms
  • Traveler’s diarrhea: arises from eating food or drinking water that’s contaminated with fecal matter and classifies as the most common travel illness
  • Tuberculosis: a highly contagious bacterial disease most commonly developed in the lungs
  • Typhoid: a very rare bacterial infection that’s spread via poor sanitation and unsafe food handling
  • Whooping cough: a highly contagious respiratory tract infection characterized by severe coughing
  • Yellow fever: a disease found in the tropical areas of Africa and South America that is spread by infected mosquito bites

Our Travel Medicine Services

When you visit ID Care before a trip abroad, our team will work with you to create a country-specific care plan that minimizes your risk and keeps you healthy. Our thorough pre-travel consultations take into account your health background and your trip’s itinerary, duration, purpose, and activities. After your consultation, you will likely be recommended to receive one or more vaccinations, which may include:

We also educate on methods that help patients stay healthy wherever they are in the world. One is to pack accordingly, including your prescriptions, medical supplies, over-the-counter medications, health insurance card, and more, to ensure that you’re fully prepared for any encounter with illness. Another important strategy is to practice good hygiene and dietary habits, such as washing your hands and being careful about the foods and drinks you consume.

Safer Travels with ID Care

With 10 locations across New Jersey, our travel medicine services are not only effective but convenient too. If you’re ever in doubt when abroad or upon returning home, ID Care’s physicians are on call 24 hours per day, so you can get accurate answers when you need them. Schedule an appointment with ID Care by contacting your nearest location or calling 908-281-0610.