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Pediatric Travel Medicine

Doctor with a child.UC San Diego Health offers specialized, pre-travel consultation services to help ensure the safety and health of children travelling internationally.

With expertise in tropical and travel medicine, our physicians can recommend immunizations and medications, and offer knowledgeable travel advice to avert infection, disease and injury throughout itinerary. We also offer post-travel pediatric medical care should a health concern develop during or following travel.

Conditions addressed by our pediatric travel team include:

Advanced Planning is Preventive Medicine

To reap the full benefits of our pediatric travel medicine services, please schedule your travel-care visit four to six weeks before your departure date.

  • Diarrhea and diarrheal-related disease
  • Malaria
  • Insect and animal bites
  • Yellow fever
  • Typhoid fever
  • Hepatitis
  • Measles
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)

Among the services we offer:

  • Destination-specific travel counseling on diseases and health risks specific to your itinerary
  • Pre-travel medical evaluation
  • Vaccinations for diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever, rabies and Japanese encephalitis
  • Medications to prevent regional malaria
  • Prescriptions for drugs to treat travelers’ diarrhea
  • Illness-prevention advice, including safety concerns related to food, drink and climate
  • Injury prevention and advice
  • Post-travel medical care, including physical exams, laboratory services and treatment

    Appointments & Referrals


    Kearny Mesa

    Meet Our Specialist

    • Leah Kern, MD
    • ​Payment Policy

      Our pediatric travel medicine services may require cash-only payments. Although we accept insurance, most health insurance plans do not cover travel-related medicine.

      Please check with your insurance company to determine what is covered by your policy.

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