Are you a student anticipating a semester abroad? An older adult with the leisure time to explore new places? Maybe you’re going on a medical mission or planning a return trip to visit family and friends in your native country.
When traveling outside of the country, it is wise to consult with a travel medicine doctor before you leave. These doctors have advanced training in a branch of medicine that studies the prevention and management of health problems for international travelers.
Physicians in our Family Health Associates and North Sound family Medicine clinics in Bellingham and at Lynden Family Medicine are specialists in travel health medicine. Consultations are available by appointment for anyone in Whatcom or Skagit County, not just Family Care Network patients.
A travel medicine consultation will include a review of your entire itinerary, including where you will be staying, how you will be getting around, day trips and other factors to determine what immunizations might be needed and other health precautions to consider.
In addition, you’ll receive a wealth of other information about how to enjoy a safe and healthy trip – what to do in a medical emergency, how to contact the U.S. embassy, what to do if you need dental care, how to avoid dog bites and what to do if you are bitten, precautions for high-risk areas and traveling alone, and more.
We recommend making a consultation appointment at least two months prior to your date of travel. It could take several weeks to complete some vaccine series and not all vaccines are kept in stock at all clinics. If this isn’t possible, please call one of the clinics listed here for advice on possible options.