A travel consultation will help to develop an individualized plan that protects you from the hazards associated with international travel. It may include vaccines, medications, documentation, and information to ensure your health and safety when you reach your travel destination. Bring the following information to your appointment:
- Complete travel itinerary
- Immunization records
- List of your medications and allergies
- Phone numbers for your primary care provider and pharmacy
Travel consultations and travel vaccinations are no longer available through the Snohomish Health District. If you are planning international travel, check with your primary care provider to see if travel consultations are available. If not, you can view local resources for travel services.
If you are traveling in developing countries or rural areas, your risk of illness is higher due to differences in living standards and sanitary conditions, food and water safety, and immunization coverage. Some factors that determine your risk of illness while traveling include:
- Length of stay
- Location of travel
- Overall health
- Style of travel
- Vaccine history
Staying healthy while traveling requires planning and preparation. Educate yourself about food and water precautions or harmful insects you may encounter at your travel destinations. Find out how to be ready for emergency situations. Obtain specific information for travelers with special needs, including children and pregnant women, and those with illnesses such as diabetes. For general information about recommended vaccinations and health advisories for the area you will be visiting, see the travel page on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Some countries require travelers to present proof of yellow fever vaccine before entering. View the list of countries (PDF) to which one you'll need documentation for. Other countries have specific requirements, too. A travel consultation will ensure that you meet these requirements.
Make sure you plan ahead, as some vaccines require a series of shots over several weeks. Do you have travel insurance? Medical evacuations can cost up to $100,000. Also keep in mind that although common illnesses like traveler’s diarrhea might end shortly after your trip, illnesses like malaria and rabies can emerge weeks or months after your return.