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Travel Medicine Specialist

Steese Immediate Care

Urgent Care, Family Medicine, & Primary Care located in Fairbanks, AK

If you have the opportunity to travel internationally for business or leisure, you may need to access travel medicine services before departure. Johanna Alvarez, FNP, and Matija Meenaghan, PA-C, offer personalized travel medicine, including vaccinations, at Steese Immediate Care in Fairbanks, Alaska. If you’re planning a trip overseas, call the practice or make an appointment online to ensure your health prior to takeoff.

Travel Medicine Q & A

What is travel medicine?

Travel medicine focuses on the prevention and management of illness and health issues related to travel. This includes understanding the health risks associated with some other countries, vaccinations, and pre-travel planning for chronic disease management. 

You should book a travel medicine appointment if you’re going to a developing country, somewhere with high altitude, or if you have a chronic health issue that could be affected by travel. 

Why would I need travel medicine?

You should make an appointment at Steese Immediate Care if you’re planning an international trip. Whether you’re traveling for fun, education, work, or volunteer opportunities, a quick appointment can make a big difference to your experience. 

The team can help you reduce your risk of getting sick while traveling. They can talk to you about food and water precautions and teach you how to prevent and treat traveler’s diarrhea. They also offer advice about jet lag, motion sickness, blood clots, and altitude sickness. 

Depending on where you’re going, you might need additional vaccinations to ward off illness, such as Hepatitis A, typhoid, and yellow fever. You might also need anti-malaria medicine. You should make your appointment as early as possible, as some vaccines require multiple injections.

In addition to the health risks of traveling, the team can also help you prepare to manage any chronic illnesses while you’re away. You might need to make sure you have enough of any medications or other products necessary to manage your condition. 

What vaccines might I need?

First, you should make sure you’re up to date with all of your routine vaccines, including tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), and the flu. 

You should also check if the country that you’re planning to visit has any required vaccinations for entry. Most sub-Saharan African countries require a yellow fever vaccination. You might also need meningococcal vaccines, anthrax, smallpox, Hepatitis A&B, and cholera. 

What should I expect during a travel medicine appointment?

You’ll discuss your travel itinerary and any potential disease or injury risks. Your provider also completes a physical to check for signs of existing health issues that could cause problems during your trip. They review your medical history and vaccination records and provide any vaccinations or treatment needed.

Call Steese Immediate Care today or make an appointment online if you’re planning an international trip and need travel medicine services.