Travel Medicine

Expert care and guidance to help prevent travel-related health problems

Promoting Good Health Before, During and After Your Trip

If you're planning to venture out of the country for work, pleasure or to visit family and friends, make the Travel Medicine Center at Mount Auburn Hospital your first stop. Our dedicated travel medicine experts have decades of experience in travel medicine, infectious diseases, clinical tropical medicine and internal medicine. We're committed to helping you experience good health before, during and after your trip.

Your Personalized Travel Consultation

You want to have a safe, healthy and productive trip. To help you achieve that, we meet with you well before your departure to review your travel details. We'll consider your destination, length of stay and planned activities. We also review your current health and immunization history. You'll be given information and assistance tailored to your specific needs based on what we find out. Our services include:

  • Advice and prescriptions for medications to prevent malaria, as well as to treat diarrhea, motion sickness and altitude sickness.
  • Appropriate immunizations, after a review of your medical and immunization history.
  • Country-specific analysis of your itinerary and planned activities.
  • Country-specific health hints and information, including helpful websites.
  • International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis as approved by the World Health Organization.
  • Reference materials if you have a chronic illness, such as diabetes, HIV or chronic lung disease.

Your consultation will generally take 45-90 minutes. Our services are available for travelers twelve years and older. You'll need to bring any past vaccination information you may have as well as a detailed itinerary for your trip.

Make an Appointment

If you would like to speak with a member of our team, please give us a call.

More About Travel Medicine

Immunizations/Special Vaccines We Offer

We are an authorized Yellow Fever Vaccination Center. In addition, we offer the following vaccines:

  • Chikungunya vaccine (coming soon)
  • Cholera
  • Dengue vaccine (coming soon)
  • Hepatitis A 
  • Hepatitis B
  • Haemophilus influenzae B vaccine
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Immune globulin
  • Influenza
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Meningococcal
  • Measles/ mumps/ rubella
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Tick-borne encephalitis
  • Typhoid fever (oral and injection)
  • Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Zoster (shingles)
When To Schedule Your Appointment

A travel consultation may be helpful even when you’re traveling the next day. However, earlier consultations are best.

  • If you'll be traveling for one to two weeks, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at least two weeks to one month in advance.
  • If you'll be traveling more than three weeks or going to a remote area or going to multiple countries, we encourage you to schedule your appointment four to eight weeks in advance.
  • If you have underlying health issues, we encourage you to schedule your appointment four to eight weeks in advance.

We currently offer appointments Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Finding Our Travel Medicine Center

When you arrive for your scheduled appointment, use the main hospital entrance. The Travel Medicine Center is located along with the Primary Care Center on South 1. Onsite parking is available for a fee. Please ask a representative for details.

Post-Travel Evaluation and Treatment

If you become ill after traveling, please contact your primary care provider for an evaluation. You may be given a referral to our travel clinic or infectious disease experts. In addition to helping before your trip, we also offer post-travel consultations.

As testament to our expertise, we are one of the GeoSentinel sites worldwide that participate in surveillance and monitoring of travel-related illnesses. We do this in collaboration with the International Society of Travel Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Insurance Coverage

Please be aware, some insurance providers do not cover travel-related services. We encourage you to check with your health plan regarding coverage or the need for a referral. Payment is required at the time of service. If needed, get a referral from your primary care provider prior to your appointment.

Services & Specialties

We’re here to help you stay healthy when traveling — and always. Our experts work closely with the following specialists:

Meet Our Travel Medicine Director

Lin H. Chen, MD
Lin H. Chen, MD Director, Travel Medicine Specialty Infectious Disease, Travel Medicine