Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine

Specialty service provided at Medicine Specialists – Great River Medical Center

Infectious diseases

Many common infections can be treated by primary care providers. Patients maybe referred to an infectious disease specialist if the infection is difficult to diagnose or does not respond to treatment.

Patients don’t need a referral for:

  • HIV and AIDS treatment
  • Sexually transmitted disease treatment

Travel medicine

When traveling to other countries, you are exposed to new germs. Most are harmless, but some can cause serious health complications. If you’re planning a trip to an underdeveloped country, it can be helpful to see an infectious disease specialist four to six weeks before your trip to receive education and recommended or required vaccinations.

Immunizations may be required for travelers who may be exposed to:

  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Infections in other people
  • Parasites

Becoming a patient

Physician referral is not required to make an appointment.

Bring to every appointment

  • Insurance card
  • Photo ID
  • Up-to-date list of medicines you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, supplements and cold remedies.
  • List of allergies

Prescription refills

Please call your pharmacy to request a refill, and they can request a refill from our clinic. Allow 48 to 72 hours for prescriptions to be refilled. Controlled substances, including narcotics, will not be refilled early.

Payments

Expect to pay your insurance copayment the day of your visit.