What is Travel Medicine?

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Travel medicine is an interdisciplinary medical practice that:

  • Provides travellers with pre-travel preventative care
  • Focuses on the dynamic health needs of individual travellers

As travel medicine professionals and clinic, Travel Medicine and Vaccination Center’s goals are to:

  • Prevent infectious diseases and adverse health outcomes during your travels.
  • Promote your health, well-being, and personal safety while you travel.
  • Prevent the spread of infectious disease across international borders.
  • Promote understanding and respect for the peoples, cultures, and environments you will visit.

Travel Medicine is Complex

There is no “cookbook” for travel medicine. Your travel medical clinic specialist must consider far more than which vaccines you need for your destination. Travel medicine practitioners must understand medical geography, including the environment, culture, climate, and ecology of tropical and other challenging destinations.

To provide you with the best care, our travel clinic’s medicine and health providers must have up-to-date knowledge of epidemics, infectious diseases, and other health risks across the globe. Understanding the natural history of infectious diseases and their treatment is crucial to us.

Travel health and medicine is an ever-changing specialty. It encompasses the spread of drug-resistant diseases, the emergence of new diseases, and the re-emergence of diseases such as Tuberculosis.

Practitioners must understand and be able to inform you of the choices and behaviours that will support your best possible health outcomes. These include how to prevent:

  • Malaria and other insect-borne diseases such as Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, and Tick-Borne Encephalitis.
  • Travellers’ diarrhea and other foodborne and waterborne illnesses.
  • Injuries and accidents.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases.

Your travel health specialists should have extensive knowledge of the available means for preventing and treating travel-related health issues. Your specialist must also be able to give you valuable information on how to acclimatize and adapt to new and sometimes challenging environmental conditions.

Travel can be fun, educational, and exciting. But travel also affects the environment, culture, health, and economy of your destination. Your travel medicine practitioner can advise you of behaviour that can prevent adverse health impacts at your destination.

Travel Medicine is Not a Sideline

Travel health care specialists must be licensed health care practitioners. At  TMVC, our physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses work collaboratively to provide you with the best possible preventative travel health care. In addition to their extensive experience in travel medicine, each has a professional background in family practice, internal medicine, public health, or infectious diseases.

As well as relevant advanced training, ongoing professional development, and memberships in professional travel medicine organizations, effective travel medicine professionals continually treat travellers.

Medical professionals who focus on travel medicine are much more likely to be current with the changes and challenges in this rapidly developing field than professionals who provide travel medicine services sporadically or as a sideline to their regular duties.

For more information on travel vaccinatins and immunizations, contact us at our Vancouver Travel Clinic or at one of our other 18 travel clinic locations in BC.