International Travel Clinic
When you’re preparing for your next trip abroad, don’t forget to include a visit to the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) International Travel Clinic.
Our infectious disease physicians lower your risk of getting sick so you can have a great trip. You also have access to travel vaccinations you may need.
Travel medicine at AHN: Why choose us?
When you come to our International Travel Clinic, you’ll receive care from infectious disease physicians. These physicians specialize in preventing and treating diseases that are more common in other parts of the world, such as tuberculosis. Meet our doctors.
With experienced infectious disease specialists, you can count on us for effective care. They provide vaccinations and travel tips that help people avoid infectious diseases. And if you end up getting sick during your trip, we can treat you once you get home. Find out more about the care and prevention of infectious diseases.
We are available before and after your trip:
- Before your trip: We ask you about your health history, travel destination, and planned activities. We then tailor your preventive care and travel tips to help you stay as healthy as possible.
- After you come home: If you feel sick, we quickly get to the source of the symptoms using sophisticated diagnostic techniques. We may use molecular testing, which helps us accurately diagnose a broad range of conditions. This information allows us to recommend treatments that help you feel better as soon as possible.
Visiting our international travel clinic: What to expect
At AHN, we offer travel-related care from the same network of physicians you already know and trust. And our infectious disease physicians have access to your health information through our secure electronic medical record. This coordinated approach means you receive effective care based on all aspects of your well-being.
Our international travel clinic is located at:
When you come to our clinic, here’s what to expect:
We ask you about where you are traveling and the activities you have planned. For example, it’s helpful to know whether you’ll be sightseeing in a city or camping in the jungle.
We also ask you about your health, including your vaccination history. If you can’t remember what shots you’ve received, we may be able to find this information in our electronic medical record.
Travel vaccination recommendations
We suggest travel vaccinations that are best for your situation. Your care may include:
- Routine vaccinations are shots that people need even if they aren’t traveling. Options often include flu and tetanus shots.
- Recommended vaccinations protect you against disease risks specific to where you are traveling.
- Required vaccinations are mandatory for certain countries. For example, travel to Saudi Arabia may mean getting a meningococcal vaccination.
Travel safety recommendations
We give you practical tips for staying healthy abroad. These tips may include:
- Drinking bottled or purified water
- Staying away from certain foods
- Washing your hands often
- Taking preventive medications, such as anti-diarrheals to prevent diarrhea
Travel vaccinations available at AHN
We recommend the shots that are right for you based on your vaccination history and travel plans. For the best results, you should start receiving vaccinations four to six weeks before your trip.
Travel vaccinations we frequently provide are subject to availability and include:
- Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
- Typhoid fever
- Yellow fever
Sick care after your trip
If you come home sick or start feeling ill shortly after coming back, we are here for you. Make an appointment to see one of our infectious disease physicians if you experience:
- Diarrhea lasting two weeks or more
- A fever within a month of coming home
- Skin problems, including insect bites that look abnormal or rashes that don’t go away