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When you travel outside the U.S., you can enjoy many new experiences that you'll treasure for a lifetime; you are also likely to encounter a range of health risks that demand some preparation.

The providers at Penn Travel Medicine are familiar with the health concerns in each country you intend to visit. They stay current about disease outbreaks around the globe, and about new means of prevention and treatment of diseases that are of concern to travelers.

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Facts and Stats Important Reminders

Hepatitis A is the most common vaccine-preventable disease in travelers. (Ryan, Edward T. and Kain, Kevin C., "Health Advice and Immunization for Travelers," The New England Journal of Medicine, June 8, 2000 pp. 1716-1725)

30 percent of people infected with Hepatitis B show no symptoms (CDC).

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is a recent serious respiratory illness that has reached epidemic proportions in certain parts of Asia and in Toronto, Canada. There is no preventive treatment for SARS. The CDC recommends frequent hand washing and avoidance of crowded areas in SARS-affected regions.

Tetanus bacteria are found in soil all over the world, and can enter your body even through minor wounds that do not require medical attention. A tetanus booster is needed once every 10 years.

Pre-Travel Form

Please complete and bring the below form for each traveler scheduled to be seen at Penn Travel Medicine.

Completion of this form in advance will save time as this paperwork will not need to be completed upon arrival at any Penn Travel Medicine office.

Pre-travel Worksheet