Family Medicine & Pediatrics located in West New York, NJ
After saving for a trip abroad and spending months planning your destination, you don’t want to risk getting sick and spending your vacation in bed. At Mmereole Health, board-certified Robert Mmereole, MD, and Paulina Mmereole, NP, are experts in travel medicine, providing you with the medications, vaccinations, and travel tips you need to stay healthy throughout your trip. Schedule your appointment several months ahead of your planned departure by calling the office in West New York, New Jersey, or using the online booking feature.
Travel Medicine Q & A
What services does travel medicine include?
If you’re planning a trip out of the United States, your first stop should be at Mmereole Health for travel medicine services. The team helps you stay healthy by teaching you which illnesses you may encounter at your destination and how to avoid getting sick.
You should also have a physical before leaving the country to be sure you’re in good health. Your provider at Mmereole Health prescribes a supply of any medications you take so you have enough to last during your trip. It’s also a good idea to keep your medication in your carryon luggage or purse.
Another important part of travel medicine is getting the vaccinations you need to prevent contagious diseases that are common in your destination.
Why do I need travel vaccinations?
Immunizations routinely provided in the United States have eliminated the threat of most contagious diseases. However, you can pick up serious diseases in foreign countries that don’t have a robust vaccination program or sanitation.
Travel vaccinations protect you from contagious diseases known to exist in the places you plan to visit. Health threats vary depending on the country, but you may need vaccinations to prevent diseases such as malaria, encephalitis, yellow fever, and typhoid fever.
When should I schedule travel vaccinations?
It typically takes several weeks to develop immunity after getting a vaccination. Additionally, some vaccinations may require several doses spaced a few weeks apart. That means you need to plan ahead and schedule your first appointment at Mmereole Health at least 2-3 months before your departure date.
Can travel medicine help me prevent other illnesses?
Your provider at Mmereole Health can help you plan for and prevent illness while you’re on the road by recommending:
Flu season occurs at varying times around the world. Your provider can determine if you may need a flu shot based on your destination.
Beyond your prescription medications, you may want to be prepared with medications for diarrhea and motion sickness.
Patients with chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes may need additional medications or vaccinations to protect their health while traveling.
If you plan to travel outside the country, call Mmereole Health or schedule an appointment online for travel medicine services.