Travel Medicine

The hospitals and clinics of Hawaii Pacific Health are in a unique position to deliver world-class travel medicine, as our islands serve as a gateway to so many countries around the world.

Our experts are up-to-date on current health risks around the globe to make sure that all travelers are well prepared for a safe and healthy trip. For those who come home sick, we are here with expert diagnosis and treatment.

Travel Medicine at Straub

Travel Medicine on Oahu

Straub has physicians who are members of the International Society of Travel Medicine and available to discuss travel concerns with patients. There are well-established preventive measures for almost every health issue that falls under the scope of Travel Medicine. Vaccinations, for example, can help to immunize a traveler against certain common diseases in the country of destination.

Our travel medicine physicians offer a variety of immunizations, including: 

  • dT
  • MMR
  • Pnuemovax
  • Flu
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Yellow Fever
  • Typhoid
  • Polio
  • Meningococcal
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Malaria
  • Chicken Pox
  • Hemophitus B Influenza

It is recommended patients receive their necessary travel vaccinations as soon as their itinerary is planned in order to provide the greatest number of vaccination options as well as allowing time for any series of vaccinations issued. Children under 18 should be seen by their pediatrician for any travel immunizations.

Insurance coverage varies according to each patient's plan. We recommend that you check with your insurance carrier.

Straub Travel Clinic: 1-808-529-4949

This service is available at:   Straub Wilcox


Visitors to Hawaii
Hawaii is a paradise known for the sun, the sea, and all things natural. To make sure your stay goes well, be respectful of the power of these natural forces to avoid injury and illness.

Helpful Tips:

  • In Hawaii, ocean safety is very important. If advised not to swim — don't. Heed the international signage at local beaches alerting you to rough sea conditions, rip currents, jellyfish and high surf.
  • When hiking the wilderness, be sure to check in with park rangers first. It's not uncommon to get lost in an unfamiliar environment. And make sure to wear appropriate footwear at all times.
  • A word of caution about the sunshine: it is much stronger than many visitors are accustomed to on the mainland. Use sunscreen and reapply liberally all day long. Protect children with sunblock containing zinc oxide or the latest in "sun suits" that block harmful rays. Hats and sunglasses are also a must.

Hawaii Residents Planning to Travel Overseas
Planning a trip overseas? Travelers need to be aware of the health risks unique to their destination. Some countries have problems maintaining a sanitary water supply. Other countries have diseases that Americans may not normally be exposed to. You should plan ahead before international travel to prevent health problems before they occur, so you can have a fun and safe trip.

Here are some steps you can take to prepare for your trip:

  • Educate yourself about the health risks in the country you are visiting. What are common diseases? How can you protect yourself from insect bites? Your travel medicine doctor will have educational material that will prepare you for your trip and your destination.
  • Immunize yourself to those diseases found in that country. Your travel medicine doctor will have access to all the current diseases and outbreaks in various areas of the world and will advise you accordingly. Plan to seek advice four to six weeks before you depart on your trip to allow adequate time for immunization. This immunization process may take a few weeks, so it is important to allow your body time to adjust before you travel.
  • Have fun while visiting your destination, but be cautious. Unlike the U.S., many foreign governments do not regulate the safety of boats, equipment and vehicles.
    In addition, travelers are advised to check with their Personal Care Physician (PCP) if they have health problems prior to traveling. It is recommended that travelers carry a note stating any significant medical condition, list of medications currently being taken, any allergies, and the name and phone number of an emergency contact person and their treating physician. Also, carry sufficient quantities of your prescription medication and a first aid kit. The first aid kit should include over-the-counter medication such as Aspirin or Tylenol, sun block, antihistamine, antibiotic ointment, Band-Aids, anti-diarrhea and calamine lotion.

Public health agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), have set up guidelines and health information for the international traveler and can provide general health information about your destination.

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