Additional Resources: Travel Medicine Resources

Planning to travel to another country?

Traveling to another country can be an exciting and wonderfully rewarding experience.  However it is important that you familiarize yourself with the health/immunization requirements for the country you will be traveling to before you leave.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, and the World Health Organization (WHO) are two excellent resources to utilize in learning about current health risks and immunization requirements for traveling abroad.

The CDC and the WHO continually monitor health status and disease outbreaks around the world and have established immunization guidelines for international travel.  Some immunizations are simply recommended while others may be required depending upon your travel destination and specific itinerary.       

The following is a list of travel medicine resources that you can use to learn about any potential health risks associated with your travel destination and to obtain any of the required/recommended travel immunizations.  The column on the right lists the contact information for the CDC and WHO and the column on the left lists a few local travel medicine clinics that will provide individual travel health consultations and administer any needed travel immunization. Both of the clinics offer a full range of travel immunizations and are federally designated Yellow Fever immunization sites.  

 

Local Travel Medicine Clinics

 

Internet Resources

 

Dupage County Health Department Travel Clinic

111 North County Farm Road

Wheaton, IL 60187

Phone: (630) 682-7979  Ext. 7590

 

Hours:

Monday 8:30am-11:30am

Tuesday / Thursday 12:30pm-3:30pm

(Must call for an appointment)

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention

Current outbreak bulletins on diseases of concern for international travelers as well as immunization information and other travel-related health news is available from the CDC.

By computer with Internet access:

http://www.cdc.gov/travel/

By Phone:

CDC International Travelers Health Hotline

1-877-FYI-TRIP (toll-free)

(1-877-394-8747)

MidwestTravel Medicine

636 Raymond Drive Suite 204

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone: (630) 548-9747

Fax: (630) 548-4909

Hours

Monday-Saturday by appointment 

World Health Organization

International travel immunization requirements and recommendations according to country name or by disease can be accessed from the WHO website by using the toolbox located in the upper right corner of the screen.

By computer with Internet access:

http://www.who.int/ith/preface.html


Special Note:

Some of the required/recommended immunizations may need to be administered over a period of weeks/months, so it is important to start early.  In addition the CDC and WHO also recommend that all international travelers be up-to-date with the routine schedule of childhood vaccinations and booster shots prior to leaving.