After routine travel for short amounts of time, a medical examination is usually not necessary. However, in certain circumstances, it is advisable to be seen by a medical provider, preferably someone that has specialized in travel/tropical medicine.
If you are experiencing any of the following, please call SHS, walk in or seek medical care immediately:
- Suffering from a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, jaundice, urinary problems, skin or genital infections, or flu-like symptoms shortly after returning from travel should have a medical examination immediately.
- Intestinal bloating, burping or 3-4 loose stools in 24 hours that occur even up 10 days after return to your home country.
- Any suspicious skin rashes that occur with or without a fever.
Having a medical examination after a long stay abroad is advised. While certain diseases do not develop immediately after travel, some may appear within a few weeks. Anyone who becomes ill after returning from extended travel abroad should contact the SHS for an appointment.
During your individual travel appointment, you will be notified about the risk of tuberculosis in the country you are staying in. After 3 months back in your home country, it is prudent for you to complete a tuberculosis skin test.
There is always the possibility that a person who has been traveling has contracted an unusual disease some with symptoms that do not become evident until many months following exposure. If you are experiencing unexplainable symptoms, please seek an appointment at SHS or your physician.