If you plan on vacationing outside of the United States, and if your child must receive travel clearance, we are happy to do that. Children’s immune systems are still developing, so they’re more susceptible to certain travel-related illnesses. At Abdow Friendship Pediatrics, pediatric and adolescent medicine providers Victor Abdow, Jr., MD, Azra Jagani, MD, Amita DeSouza, MD, and the team offer travel clearance to kids of all ages. To make an appointment for your child, call the office in Rockville, Maryland, or book online today.
Travel clearance is a medical subspecialty that prevents travel-related illnesses. It uses physical exams, immunizations, and counseling to keep your child safe and healthy while visiting abroad.
If your family is planning an international vacation or relocating overseas for another reason, request a travel clearance appointment. The team at Abdow Friendship Pediatrics can educate you about potential threats and protect your child’s well-being.
Various health risks may occur while traveling, including:
At Abdow Friendship Pediatrics, a travel clearance visit features several steps, including:
Your child’s pediatrician reviews their medical records, ensuring they’re up-to-date on routine childhood and travel-related vaccines. If your child needs one or more shots, their provider administers them onsite.
Next, your child’s pediatrician asks about your upcoming trip, including where you’re going, where you’ll be staying, and what you plan on doing. Your child’s provider can make recommendations, depending on your destination.
For example, if you’re visiting somewhere tropical, they can recommend a sunscreen that provides adequate protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Next, your child’s pediatrician performs a physical exam. If your child has any underlying medical issues or they’re experiencing any unusual symptoms, make sure to let their provider know.
After the exam, your child’s provider orders lab tests, including blood work and urinalysis. If your child takes prescription medication, let their pediatrician know. The team can provide refills so you don’t run out while you’re on vacation.
At the end of a travel clearance visit, your child’s pediatrician sets aside time to answer any questions. They can also discuss potential threats you may not have considered, like unfenced swimming pools or exposed electrical outlets.
To request a travel clearance appointment for your child, contact Abdow Friendship Pediatrics by calling the office or booking online today.