Travel Clinic Los Angeles
We provide comprehensive travel medicine consultations including vaccinations and medications, safety and survival tips, emergency and first aid kits and more. We will help you be prepared and protected during your trip.
Our physicians are trained and prepared to provide you with travel health preparations to Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia, Antarctica, Russia, Mexico and more. Our physicians provide you their travel recommendations based on sound research on the risks present at your destination.
Our travel clinic will discuss with you the appropriate and necessary measures needed for your specific travel arrangements and destinations. Some of the vaccinations and medications that our travel health doctors use to protect against illnesses and diseases include, Hepatitis A vaccination, Hepatitis B vaccination, Typhoid vaccine, Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis, Meningitis, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Rabies, Polio, Shingles, Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis. We do not administer Yellow Fever Vaccinations but will assess if your travel requires it and schedule you to obtain it from one of our affiliate clinics.
You should plan ahead. It is a great idea to start some of your immunizations about 2 months ahead of your trip as some of them take time to complete. Other shots such as Hepatitis A can be administered close to your departure.
What vaccinations do I need for my trip?
Vaccinations needed are dependent on your vaccination history, place of travel, duration of travel, chronic illnesses, age, risk factors associated with your trip, exposure to certain bugs and mosquitoes and more. Our travel medicine doctors will go over your medical history, travel destinations and other risk factors associated with your trip and help guide you prepare for your travel.
Vaccinations and medications provided at our clinic
- Hepatitis A vaccine
- Hepatitis B vaccine
- Immune globulin
- Malaria prophylactic medications
- Pneumonia vaccine
- Shingles vaccine
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis vaccine
- Typhoid vaccine
- Polio vaccine
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine
- Influenza vaccine
Factors that can affect your travel, and your travel health?
Many factors play a role in your travel health and travel. Some of the factors that are considered are you age, travelling with children, medical conditions, travel destination, exposure to certain illnesses and diseases that you may encounter and more.
Pre-Travel Physical Examination
It is not fun getting sick while travelling and often times access to good quality medical care may be lacking at your travel destination. Our program offers a full comprehensive physical examination with in house blood work to ensure that you are at your optimal health prior to your travel. Some of the medications that are readily found in the U.S.A can be unavailable at your destination and thus it is important to have your medications refilled and have enough of your daily medications to last you for the duration of your travel.
Our pre-travel physical examination can assess cardiac health, pulmonary health, bone health, gi health, vitamin and hormone levels and more prior to your travel.
Traveler Health Education
There are certain precautions that can help make your travel safer and limit your risk of acquiring certain illnesses. Below is a short list of habits that can help make your travel safer.
Safe eating while traveling
- Eat food that is fully cooked and served hot and has not been sitting out for a long time
- Make sure that the fruits and vegetables you eat are fully washed and clean
- Make sure that dairy products are pasteurized
- Avoid eating foods from street vendors
- Avoid eating foods that are raw and soft cooked. An example of such would be runny eggs
- Avoid eating raw meats and fish or meats that are undercooked
- Avoid “Bushmeat” or “Wild Game”
Safe drinking while traveling
- Drink bottled and sealed water, sodas and other beverages
- If possible boil the water that you drink
- Avoid unpasteurized products
- Avoid drinking tap water, fountain drinks or well water
- Avoid drinking ice that has been made from tap water or well water
- Avoid unpasteurized milk or dairy products
- Avoid swimming or bathing in unclean water that can make you sick if swallowed
Avoiding Bug Bites while travelling
- Use protection such as repellents that contain at least 20% of DEET to protect against bites from mosquitoes and ticks. A repellent that contains an ample amount of DEET includes the popular “OFF” repellent.
- Products that contain Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or PMD or IR3535 can also be helpful in repelling insect, mosquitoes and ticks.
- Clothing that is treated with permethrin can be helpful in repelling insect, mosquitoes and tick bites. Note that permethrin should not be used directly on the skin.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats and boots to cover more areas of your skin.
- Sleep in screened and covered areas as possible.
- Bed nets can help protect your sleeping area.
- Tuck in your shirt, pants, socks and when possible wear closed shoes.
- Avoid wearing sandals in areas where bites are common.
- Inspect sleeping areas, mattresses, box springs, bedding and furniture for insects and bed bugs.
- Keep your suitcase closed when not in used.
- Make sure you inspect your clothes before wearing them and placing them back into your suitcase.
Safe driving while traveling
- Obtain road maps of the area where you are traveling
- Avoid driving at night in a developing country
- Always wear seatbelts
- Make sure your children are in car seats
- Avoid unknown terrain
- Avoid overcrowded and unregulated areas
Airport and Air Travel Security Tips While Travelling
- Do not leave your baggage unattended
- Make sure all luggage and carry-on have a name tag attached to it
- Make sure you bring a government issued identification card or passport
- Do not bring knives of any size or any items that may be considered a threat
- Before arriving to the airport call or check online with your airline the status of your flight
- Arrange to check in 2 hours before domestic flight and as early as 5 hours prior to international fligh
- Follow all security instructions and get ready to take out any metals out of your pockets
- Once on board get ready to store away all electronics for take off
- Make sure to securely fasten your seatbelt at all times that the fasten seatbelt sign is on
- Listen to the instructions of the flight crew as they are there to take care of your safety and comfort
Purchasing Travel Insurance while Travelling
- You might like to consider purchasing travel insurance while on your trip to protect yourself unforeseen medical costs and personal costs associated with lost or stolen belongings
- Travel insurance can cover trip cancellation or changes which aid in recovering money if you need to cancel your plans
- Having travel insurance will help cover your costs in case of a medical emergency or the need for health care while oversees
- There are many travel insurance companies to choose from. Make sure to pick one that encompasses all the unexpected events while travelling to ensure having all unforeseen costs covered.