Travel Medicine Specialist

Getachew Health Center

Integrative Medicine located in Columbus, OH

Traveling outside of the United States is exciting and a great way to learn about other cultures. However, if unprepared, your trip abroad can make you very sick. Integrative medicine specialist Eskender Getachew, MD, R.Ph, and the team at Getachew Health Center, in Columbus, Ohio, offer travel medicine appointments, so you get the care and education needed to prevent illness while you’re out of the country. To schedule your travel medicine appointment, call the office or click the online booking button today.

Travel Medicine Q & A

What is travel medicine?

Travel medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on preventive care, making sure you don’t get sick when traveling abroad. The team at Getachew Health Center specializes in travel medicine and can provide the care you need, so you stay healthy while traveling.

The team stays on top of global health issues and concerns, as well as the various immunization requirements for various countries to provide its patients with the most up-to-date information and care. 

What can I expect during a travel medicine appointment?

You can expect a comprehensive travel medicine appointment when you come in to see the specialists at Getachew Health Center. During your appointment, the team asks detailed questions about your destination, your previous trips, past medical history, and family history. They also review your immunization records and perform a physical exam. 

The team then spends time talking to you about any precautions you may need to take based on your travel destination. This may include food and water safety and the types of animals you need to avoid. 

The team also discusses traveler’s diarrhea and may provide you with a prescription to help treat the infection if contracted. They also review how to protect yourself from various insects that carry infectious diseases, such as mosquitoes and ticks. 

You then receive a list of items to carry in your travel health kit, including prescriptions for any medications you take for a chronic illness, as well as treatments to ease any health issues that may occur while abroad. The team may also talk to you about traveler’s insurance in case you need medical care while traveling.

In addition to education, the team also updates your immunizations to protect you from any infectious diseases common to your destination, but not common in the United States. You may receive immunizations to protect you from diseases such as:

  • Cholera
  • Typhoid fever
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Yellow fever


The team may also update your vaccines, such as your tetanus shot or hepatitis immunization. 

When should I schedule my travel medicine appointment?

You should schedule your travel medicine appointment at Getachew Health Center as soon as you book your trip. Vaccinations take a few weeks to become effective, and some vaccines may require more than one injection. Your appointment should be made at least one month prior to your date of travel.

Contact Getachew Health Center by phone or online today to schedule your travel medicine appointment.