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Travel Medicine Specialist

Bubbles Pediatrics, LLC

Pediatricians & General Pediatrics located in Hoffman Estates, IL

If you and your family are planning a vacation outside of the United States, it’s important to invest in travel medicine. At Bubbles Pediatrics LLC, expert pediatrician Utsahi Patel, MD, offers a comprehensive suite of travel medicine services, including travel vaccines and travel check-ups. To make an appointment for your child, call the office in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, or click the online booking feature today.

Travel Medicine Q&A

What is travel medicine?

Travel medicine provides pre-travel screenings to reduce the risk of illnesses and injuries in children traveling abroad. 

Bubbles Pediatrics LLC uses travel medicine to educate children and their families about travel-related risks. In addition, they administer travel vaccinations, discuss proactive steps to prevent jet lag, and evaluate your child’s general health to identify and treat any underlying medical conditions. 

What should I bring to my child’s travel medicine appointment?

To get the most from your child’s travel medicine appointment, it’s important to prepare in advance. Bubbles Pediatrics LLC recommends bringing the following documents:

  • Your child’s immunization records
  • A detailed itinerary that includes travel dates
  • Who you’re traveling with
  • Health insurance information

If your child has an underlying medical condition or takes any type of prescription medication, make sure to bring that information as well. 

What does a child’s travel medicine appointment involve?

At Bubbles Pediatrics LLC, a child’s travel medicine appointment includes:

Complete physical exam

After your child’s provider gathers the necessary information about where you’re traveling, they conduct a comprehensive physical. During the exam, your child’s pediatrician tries to identify any issues that might put them at risk for a travel-related illness. 

Travel vaccines

After a comprehensive physical, your child’s pediatrician administers a series of travel vaccines. The type of vaccines your child receives depends on where you’re going. Still, the providers at Bubbles Pediatrics LLC typically recommend immunizations for typhoid, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, and Hepatitis A.

Prescription medication

If you’re traveling to a part of the world where mosquito-borne illnesses are common, your child’s pediatrician might prescribe antimalarial medications or antibiotics. After your child’s travel medicine appointment, visit the pharmacy and fill them right away. That way, you can pack them along with the first-aid kit in your luggage.

Tips and tricks for staying healthy

Finally, your child’s pediatrician provides tips and tricks for staying healthy during your vacation. For example, they can explain how to choose safe foods and beverages and how to reduce the risk of common illnesses like traveler’s diarrhea. Your child’s provider can even provide tips for managing common travel-related conditions like motion sickness and jet lag.

To schedule a travel medicine appointment for your child at Bubbles Pediatrics LLC, call the office or click the online booking feature today.