A visit to your primary care provider should be considered prior to embarking on any international trip. As many as one third of all international travelers suffer a travel-related illness during, or as a result of, their trip. Many if not most of these illnesses could be prevented with proper pre-trip medical advice, immunizations, and/or treatment.
Ideally, you should plan to see your doctor 6 weeks before your trip.
Your Mill Creek Family Practice provider can medicate you against the possibility of travel related illnesses, such as traveler’s diarrhea, as well as advise you on how best to avoid them. For instance, malaria, carried by mosquitoes, is a serious danger for travelers to some parts of the world. Your provider can advise you about medications or other ways to prevent this illness.
It might also, depending on your destination, be advisable to check and update routine immunizations against measles, rubella, polio, tetanus, and other serious illnesses which can be much more prevalent in other countries than they are in the U.S.
Your provider can also give you a routine physical examination prior to international travel, just to make sure that you are healthy enough for international travel, decreasing the likelihood you will have to seek medical care abroad. Prescriptions, if any, can be filled, ensuring that you will have the medicines you need during your trip.