Saint Alphonsus Health System

Frequently Asked Questions

What is covered in an appointment with your Travel Medicine Physician?

Intensity of medical care required varies greatly based on travel location, duration, and purpose. Care provided will range from brief counseling and immunizations to a complete physical with extensive education and preparation. Key components are the 7-I's of travel:

  • Immunizations
  • Insects: repellents, nets, medication
  • Ingestions: safety of water, food
  • Indiscretion: HIV, sexually transmitted disease
  • Injuries: accident avoidance, personal safety
  • Immersion: schistosomiasis
  • Insurance: coverage and services during travel, access to care

Additionally, our travel clinic offer most or all of the vaccinations that might be necessary for safe travel to the country (or region) a patient is visiting. A sample list of vaccinations offered by our travel medicine clinic is included below:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Measles
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Diphtheria
  • Mumps
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Rabies
  • Measles
  • Shingles
  • Yellow Fever
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Rubella
  • Varicella

Does private insurance cover travel medicine services?

Coverage of travel medicine services by payers is still sporadic and varies by plan. Travel medicine is fully covered by some insurance plans, while others will only cover a limited number of travel medicine services, if any. Patients should contact their insurance carriers to determine if travel medicine services are covered by their plan.

You should expect to provide payment for your services at your visit. Although we will collect payment in full at your visit, we will be happy to bill your insurance at your request and refund to you any payment that is made.

How much will my visit cost?

The cost for your visit will vary based on where you are traveling and how much counseling you might need. A counseling visit could take place with our Travel Medicine Nurse or with a physician. You can get additional information on the cost of the vaccinations from our Travel Medicine Nurse.

If I have a medical emergency on my trip, what should I do?

During your visit, we provide you with valuable information to prepare you for potential problems. We provide all our patients with an email address to contact us if needed while they are traveling. We also encourage all our travel patients to sign up for This is a free service that allows you to store all your medical information and records on line in a private and secure manner. This way your medical care givers can access important information about your health over the internet. For more information, click here to visit

What are the Travel Medicine Clinic hours and location?

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
6140 W Curtisian, 3rd Floor
Boise, Idaho 83704
Phone: 208-367-6575

Where can I find additional travel medicine information?

There are several travel medicine resources that have been developed by infectious diseases experts. You can find additional travel medicine information through the these websites:

  • International Society of Travel Medicine
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Department of State's traveler's alerts
  • Saint Alphonsus' Travel Health Information