The Travel Clinic provides comprehensive travelers’ health services, including routine and travel vaccines, malaria prevention, travelers’ diarrhea prevention and management, general advice about keeping healthy during travel, and diagnosis and treatment of travel-related illness. The team is made up of physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses with experience in travel and tropical medicine, parasitology, immigrant medicine, infectious diseases, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Some members of the team have additional certifications in travel and tropical medicine from the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).

The team can provide individualized services to travelers with special travel health needs, including infants and young children, travelers with special medical needs, immunocompromised travelers, travelers who are pregnant, those preparing to work or live overseas for prolonged periods, and business and adventure travelers. Staff can arrange to provide sessions for groups of travelers such as students, volunteers and missionaries.

Pediatric Travel Clinic

The pediatric and young adult clinic is located on Floor 6 of the Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center, 850 Harrison Ave, Boston. Specialized clinics for children (age 0-24) are offered on Thursdays 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and one Monday a month 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. To make an appointment, call 617.414.4841

Adult Travel Clinic

Appointments for adults are offered Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Although it is recommend that the prospective traveler make an appointment 4-6 weeks in advance of the trip, we are pleased to accommodate those with time constraints.

Boston Medical Center’s Travel Clinic offers expertise in travel medicine to all areas of the world including: 

  • Latin America 
  • Caribbean 
  • Africa 
  • Middle East 
  • Asia

The following services are offered:

Pre-Travel Care


  • Routine childhood and adult vaccines

Vaccines, including (but not limited to):

  • Yellow fever vaccine
  • Hepatitis A vaccine
  • Japanese encephalitis vaccine
  • Typhoid vaccines (oral and injectable
  • Rabies vaccine

Advice about:

  • Avoidance of insect bites
  • Prevention of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and other insects, such as malaria, dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis
  • Prevention and treatment of traveler's diarrhea
  • Prevention and management of animal bites
  • Prevention and management of travel-related health problems such as traffic accidents, altitude illness, motion sickness and jet lag
  • Travel with children
  • Travel during pregnancy
  • Healthy travel for individuals with chronic diseases or immunosuppressive disorders
  • Topics for long-term travelers including adjustment issues, need for tuberculosis testing and healthcare options abroad
  • Evacuation insurance

Prescriptions as needed:

  • To prevent malaria
  • To treat travelers' diarrhea
  • To manage altitude sickness and motion sickness
  • For HIV post-exposure prophylaxis for people who will be providing medical care overseas

After Travel Care

Diagnosis and treatment of travel-related health problems including:

  • Fever after travel
  • Acute and chronic diarrhea
  • Skin diseases
  • Parasitic diseases including malaria, schistosomiasis, filarial diseases, Chagas disease, and rarer diseases
Due to a nationwide shortage the Yellow Fever vaccine is temporarily unavailable.

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Specialty Clinics

Pediatrics - Travel and International Health

The International Clinic provides a family-oriented program to reduce the incidence of travel related illness. Most patients are from the international community of Boston Medical Center, where more than half of all children have at least one parent who was born outside the United States.

Our Team

Elizabeth D Barnett, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Immigrant Medicine, Travel Medicine, Vaccine Safety, Parasitic Diseases

Natasha S Hochberg, MD, MPH

Infectious Disease Physician

Special Interests

Travel Medicine, Tropical Medicine, Parasitology, Infectious Diseases, HIV

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Davidson H Hamer, MD

Travel and Tropical Medicine, General Infectious Diseases
Professor of Global Health and Medicine, Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine

Special Interests

Travel and tropical medicine, malaria, clinical parasitology, arboviral infections (dengue, Zika, chikungunya, etc.), and HIV/AIDS

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Vishakha Sabharwal, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Treatment of Hepatitis C, Travel medicine, Tropical Medicine, Refugee and Immigrant health, Treatment of tick borne illness

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Travel Medicine Frequently Asked Questions

At the time of your visit, your healthcare provider will determine which vaccines are needed. The choice of vaccines depends on where and when you are traveling, your past vaccination history and your health history.