Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases Specialist Clinic
Tropical medicine is a field of medicine dedicated to diagnosing and treating diseases that are typical of the tropical and subtropical zones. A group of diseases occurring in these geographical areas is referred to as tropical diseases. They are usually caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites.
- The occurrence of certain diseases typical of some regions of the world depends mainly on the climate, type of foods, ways of preparing food, the presence of disease carriers, socio-economic situation in these regions or insufficient hygienic conditions.
- The most dangerous tropical diseases are, among others, malaria, amoebiasis, typhoid fever, dengue and haemorrhagic fevers, histoplasmosis, visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis and cholera. To protect oneself from these diseases it is advisable to vaccinate oneself before going to tropical countries.
Among the mandatory vaccinations recommended before taking a trip to a foreign country are:
- diphtheria, cholera, meningococcal disease, typhoid fever, Japanese encephalitis, tick-borne encephalitis, whooping cough, polio, tetanus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, yellow feler.
When taking a trip to an exotic country it is useful (even a couple of months in advance) to visit a clinic which provides treatment in the field of tropical medicine. St Wojciech’s Hospital in Poznań offers our patients specialist consultations and precise information about the necessary vaccinations against tropical diseases in the Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases Specialist Clinic. The vaccinations can be administered on hospital premises. You are welcome to contact our tropical diseases specialist for consultations.