The TRIP (Travel-Related Immunization Program) Center
The TRIP Center is a reliable source for providing all travel-related health information, immunizations and preventative medications for your travel needs.
Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, it is important to protect yourself from the many diseases that may threaten your health. Some countries require certain immunizations for entry. The TRIP Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center can help you determine which immunizations are necessary.
In conjunction with frequently requested immunizations, The TRIP center also provides the following immunizations:
Upon examination, The TRIP Center physician will take into consideration your current physical condition (i.e. diabetes, emphysema or heart disease) and health status and provide you with the information and treatment that may be affected by a change in environment.
When you return, a follow-up examination is available. This may be a good measure to take in case you were exposed to unsanitary conditions, as well as infections or parasites that may not show immediate symptoms.
This examination will help treat and potentially eliminate any unforeseen health problems.
We also offer the following services:
• Clinical tropical medicine
• Consultation for parasitic tropical diseases
• Yellow fever certificates
• Required and recommended immunizations for travel
• Travel medicine
• Pre- and post-travel education and treatment
• Counseling for healthy and safe travel
Planning for a healthy Trip
Those traveling abroad can take several precautions to help avoid the potential for travel related health complications prior to and during travel. International travelers should try to set up an appointment ideally 4-6 weeks before their trip. Some travel vaccines require a series of vaccinations given over a period of time. Even if it is less than 4 weeks before your trip, you should still consult your travel medicine provider since you may still benefit from vaccinations, medications, and information on protecting your health while traveling.
Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent disease from infection while traveling abroad. Frequent hand washing with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitizers can help prevent the transmission of disease.
To decrease your risk of traveler's diarrhea when traveling to another country one should take precautions when eating and drinking. To minimize the amount of bacteria in foods, eat foods that are well-cooked and that have not sat out for long periods of time. Although tempting, avoid eating foods from street vendors. Avoid raw or uncooked foods or any kind of unpasteurized dairy products. Remove the skin and peel from fruits yourself. Drink commercially bottled water or carbonated beverages. Avoid ice. Use bottled water when brushing your teeth.
If you are traveling to a country with an increased risk of malaria, be sure to tell your travel medicine health provider so that you can receive any preventative medications prior to your trip. While away, avoid any water activities in freshwater lakes and streams as it may increase your risk to exposure to certain diseases. When traveling to countries with an increased risk of disease transmitted by mosquitoes, be sure to protect yourself with bednets, insect repellents, and special clothing, while in these areas.
Be sure to refill all prescription medications to last the entire duration of your trip. If possible try to take extra prescriptions for medications in case they need to be refilled abroad.
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