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Travel & tropical medicine

Our travel medicine specialists are world-renowned experts in global health, merging medical insights with innovative academic research.

Our specialists stay in tune with worldwide health trends and local issues to make sure you get the right advice and travel immunizations for your trip.

Our travel medicine team personalizes your care based on where you’re going and what your plans are.

Between the local food, culture and sights, there’s nothing better than making new memories as you embark on vacation, visit family abroad or begin a new business trip.

At HealthPartners and Park Nicollet, our travel medicine experts work with you before and after traveling, keeping you healthy no matter where your journeys take you. Our specialists stay on top of the latest international health advisories and guidelines to make sure you get the right treatments and the most up-to-date advice for every place you’re going.

For the most comprehensive international travel care and vaccination protection, we recommend you see us at least six to eight weeks before travel of any length. But if you’re on short notice, our travel medicine specialists can usually get you in quickly so you’re ready before you go. We’re here to help your trip go as smoothly as possible. That way, you can travel without worrying about your health.

To make an appointment, just choose a location and call to schedule.

Travel and tropical medicine services we offer

Depending on where you’re going, we’ll tailor your travel care so you’ll get the latest information, as well as any necessary travel vaccinations. Our specialists have expertise in several international health topics. We can help with:

Personal risk assessments

Because no two people and no two trips are the same, we’ll conduct a thorough review of your medical history to identify any specific considerations related to your plans. Your specialist will cover your dietary concerns, any chronic conditions and more.

Travel vaccinations and immunizations

Several countries require you to receive certain vaccinations (like yellow fever) before you arrive. In addition, our experts may recommend that you receive others, like hepatitis A, rabies or typhoid to help prevent illness.

Destination consultations

A specialist will discuss your itinerary with you, providing tips and materials on what to eat and drink, how to stay safe and if there are any local wildlife concerns you should know about.

Advice and medications for common travel health problems

Jet lag, traveler’s diarrhea, malaria and typhoid fever are common concerns when traveling abroad. Our experts provide tips for how to avoid these conditions, plus medications that help lessen their impact.

Physical exams and lab work for visa applications

In some cases, the United States or another country may need you to complete a medical examination before they give you a visa. We can help guide you through this process, including which tests and information are required.

Expert travel product recommendations

We have several doctor-recommended products – like neck pillows, sunscreen, insect repellant, first-aid kits and more – to help make your journey safer and more comfortable. Shop online or visit our Park Nicollet Health & Care Store locations in St. Louis Park, Burnsville and Maple Grove.

What we treat and help prevent

Our experts provide counseling, medicine and vaccines to treat and help prevent several common travel conditions, including:

  • Cholera
  • Diphtheria
  • Encephalitis
  • Hepatitis A
  • Jet lag
  • Malaria
  • Measles
  • Meningitis
  • Mumps
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • Traveler’s diarrhea
  • Typhoid fever
  • West Nile virus
  • Yellow fever
  • Zika virus

After-travel illness care

If you’ve returned from your trip feeling unwell, call one of our travel and tropical medicine clinics right away. After learning more about where you’ve been and for how long, we’ll use diagnostic testing to find out what could be making you sick.

Common symptoms of an illness acquired abroad include:

  • Coughing that doesn’t go away
  • Diarrhea lasting two weeks or longer
  • Fever (especially if it develops within 30 days of your return)
  • Rashes

However, if you notice anything out of the ordinary in the weeks and months after you come home, it’s best to consult with one of our doctors.

Frequently asked questions