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Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

Let us help you plan for safe and healthy travel. International travel carries risks, but many of those risks can be mitigated by taking a few precautions. Take time to plan for safe and healthy travel. Our doctors will help you decide which immunizations and medications will be right for you. Immunizations given before departure can prevent hepatitis, typhoid fever, yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis. Medications can prevent malaria, shorten the course of travelers’ diarrhea and reduce your risk of altitude sickness. We will give you the advice you need to choose the treatments that will be best for you and help ensure you have a healthy trip and enjoy your travels.

Travel Clinic Appointments:

Currently, many of our travel visits are virtual visits via video (preferred) or phone and these appointments can be made by calling UNC Internal Medicine Clinic at 984-974-4462.

We are currently preparing to offer e-visits online to give travel health advice. You will be able to complete a Travel E-Visit through My UNC Chart (Sign up for My UNC Chart). This questionnaire will ask you about your itinerary, proposed activities, medical history, medications, and vaccines. You will receive a reply via MyChart from our travel expert, giving you advice on travel, including necessary medications and vaccines.

When vaccines are recommended, they can be received at a follow up appointment at our clinic on the 6th floor of Eastowne building, 100 Eastowne Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

To prepare for your visit:

  1. Know your itinerary. We need to know what countries you are visiting, and which countries you will travel through in order to get to your destination.  In some cases we need to know what regions of a country you will visit.
  2. Have your immunization record available. If you don’t have one, contact your doctor’s office and ask for a record of all your immunizations.
  3. Try to make your appointment at least 4-6 weeks before you travel.

Payment policy:

Keep in mind that some insurance policies may not cover the cost of a visit for travel advice or for travel immunizations. We are making every effort to keep down costs, but in the case that these costs are not covered by the insurance, you will be expected to pay the necessary fees.

Travel Medicine Resources:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health
  2. WHO Travel Health
  3. State Department Security Alerts
  4. US Department of State Health Information 
  5. CIA World Factbook
  6. Fit for Travel
  7. US Dept. of State Passport Services

 

 Travel Advice:

  1. Yellow Fever Vaccine
  2. Travelers’ Diarrhea
  3. Malaria Prevention
  4. Jet Lag
  5. Altitude Sickness
  6. Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine

Yellow Fever Vaccine

The yellow fever vaccine is currently available in the United States, and we anticipate that it will be available in our clinic by summer 2022. It is also available at Campus Health Services for UNC.  Yellow Fever vaccine needs to be given only once in a lifetime, though if traveling to a place with an ongoing outbreak, a booster can be given if the first yellow fever vaccine was given more than 10 years prior.

A list of countries with their yellow fever recommendations can be found here:

Yellow Fever recommendations from CDC

We hope you will entrust your travel medicine needs to the UNC Internal Medicine Travel Clinic.