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If your family is traveling abroad, we can provide advice on foreign travel precautions as well as vaccinations for your child in our Travel Clinic. Our infectious disease specialists also offer consultations through the University of Chicago Adoption Center.
Prior to travel, parents should make sure they are well equipped to handles the health care needs to children, especially when heading to a developing country. Parents should also ensure the entire family is current on immunizations and visit with their pediatrician to discuss other necessary medications and immunizations. Visit the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to find specific information regarding country you are traveling to.
Our Travel Clinic offers complete travel care, ranging from consultation, immunizations, and preventative medicine to post-travel care in the event of an illness. During your visit, an infectious disease healthcare provider will meet with you to discuss the details of your trip, your medical history, and your current health status. With the use of a travel disease database, your provider will advise you of the required and/or recommended immunizations. Most of our patients are able to receive immunizations or prescriptions for preventive medicine during their initial visit.
Medical Director, Pediatric and Family Travel Clinic
Jennifer Burns is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner. Her clinical practice focuses on providing pre-travel vaccines and counseling to families with infants and young children who will be traveling internationally.
Jennifer has broad pediatric infectious disease experience including the diagnosis and treatment of CA-MRSA, as well as other serious infectious disease conditions.
Because some of the immunizations are given in a series over several weeks, appointments should be scheduled at least four weeks prior to your departure. If you are departing in less than four weeks, we will make every attempt to schedule you as soon as possible.
If you are planning to move to another country, please schedule your appointment several months before your departure.
To schedule your appointment please call 773.702.6169.
In order to determine your travel needs and to make your visit to the Travel Clinic as efficient as possible, please bring the following information to your appointment:
The University of Chicago Travel Clinic is located on the Medical Center campus in the Comer II in 4C. We are available for appointments Mondays, Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and Friday's from 8:00 to 12:00 p.m.
Your Cost= Vaccine Costs + $29 Vaccine Administration Fee+ Consultation Fee
There will be fees for the consultation and vaccine administration; as well as for any immunizations and medications you receive. We offer group discounts. Payment is due at the time services are rendered. We accept cash and major credit cards.
We will provide you with an itemized receipt for insurance purposes. Keep in mind that most insurance policies do not cover costs associated with travel.
All traveler's are subject to a $29 Vaccine Administration Fee.
Single & Family Traveler Consultation $92
The Clinic requires a $92 Travel Evaluation Fee for single travelers and families. The fee is reduced to $46 for those families who also complete a Pre-Adoption Assessment with us.
Group Traveler Consultation $138
For groups traveling on church missions, school trips, or vacation the Clinic can also come to you for a discounted $138 Group Evaluation Fee. Jennifer will prepare a 15-minute presentation on safe travel to your group’s destination. She can also provide onsite vaccinations and answer questions.
Immunizations and vaccines can be expensive however we try to keep our prices competitive. We administer the following immunizations:
Prices are subject to change.
Fortunately, most travelers do not need more than three vaccines. The most commonly administered vaccines are:
If a traveler is not up-to-date with routine immunizations, we may advise him or her to have them updated. The most commonly recommended shots are measles, mumps, and rubella, varicella and diphtheria/tetanus.
Individuals who are traveling to this area are exposed to measles, mumps and are importing them into their native country.
2005 Measles Outbreak in Eastern Europe:
Measles Outbreak in Western Europe
People do not realize that there is an increase risk of meningitis transmission in the Sub Sahara belt during the dry period from December to June. Meningcoccal vaccine can be obtained at most patient's primary care provider
Chloroquine and mefloquine resistant zones exist in regions along the Thai-Myanmar and Thai-Camboidian border, doxycycline or atovaquone-proguanil are the drugs of choice for chemoprophylaxis
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