Dear Faculty and Staff,
Does your work take you to areas of the world where some infectious agents are endemic? Do you dream about going on an African Safari or a cruise around the world? Have you ever wanted to lie on the white sands of the Caribbean or other exotic place? Don’t let concerns of developing a serious illness stop you.
While it’s true that visiting new countries can expose you to illnesses rarely seen in the U.S., there are several ways to protect yourself, beginning with travel vaccines.
Starting in April, the UHealth Travel Clinic will be open to all UM faculty, staff and their dependents. The Clinic will provide travel medicine services (for business, pleasure and educational travels), such as pre and post consultations, travel advice and proper immunizations.
(All immunizations on the CDC list are 100% covered for UM/Aetna medical plan participants. Faculty and staff not participating in the UM/Aetna medical plan should contact their insurance carrier for coverage and benefit information).
Itinerary-specific, pre-travel consultation and immunization for children and adults, such as:
- Yellow fever vaccine
- Hepatitis A, typhoid, meningococcal, and Japanese encephalitis vaccines
- All other recommended vaccines (e.g. tetanus, measles/mumps/rubella, polio, hepatitis B, and others)
- Advice on the prevention of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes such as dengue fever and Japanese B encephalitis
- Advice on malaria prevention — where, when, and how
- Advice on the prevention and treatment of traveler’s diarrhea
- Advice on special issues such as medical care abroad, altitude sickness, and jet lag
- Information regarding travel with children or during pregnancy
- Travel health advice for individuals with chronic diseases including immunosuppressive disorders
- Education on ways to avoid rare tropical diseases such as schistosomiasis, filariasis, leishmaniasis, and rabies
- Advice on how to manage the effects of prolonged travel
Although not required, it is best to schedule your visit four to six weeks prior to your scheduled departure date. That’s because some required vaccines take time to be effective in preventing disease and others require more than one in a series and have to be scheduled several weeks apart. If you have less time than the recommended time frame, you should still get a travel consultation.
The UHealth Travel Clinic is dedicated to your safe travel. For more information visit UHealthTravel.com or call 305-243-TRIP (8747) to schedule an appointment. We are located at the Professional Arts Center Building, Suite 708 – 1150 NW 14th Street, Miami, FL 33136.
The best of health to you, your family, and loved ones.
Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D. Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean,
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
CEO, University of Miami Health System
David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A.
Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs
CMO, University of Miami Health System
CEO, UHealth Physician Practice