IU Health Travel Medicine

patient-travel1.jpgWelcome to IU Health Travel Medicine

Travel medicine is the recently created specialty that provides for the unique health needs of an increasing number of international travelers concerned for their personal health and safety.

Services Offered

The traveler’s medical history and physical, trip itinerary, specific interventions and appropriate advice are all reviewed, ideally 4-6 weeks in advance, however last minute consults most likely can also be accommodated.

Administration of all recommended immunizations.

Prescriptions offered for malaria prophylaxis and traveler’s diarrhea.

Once a patient is seen, additional support and advice if needed during your trip may be provided by email.

Upon return, should the need arise, post travel consultations are also available.

This is all provided in a state of the art medical office with electronic medical records, on-site lab and x-ray.


The following immunizations are available:

Download Forms

    - Initial Consultation Form (fill out on-line and print; bring with you for your first appointment)

    - Immunization Form

    - Travel Questionnaire Form

Location & Directions

IU Health Travel Medicine
IU-Methodist Family Medicine Center
1520 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

317-962-8893   |   317-962-8464 (voicemail)
317-962-1049 (fax)   |

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Helpful Links

Below are a few specific links that will help you prepare with critical pre-trip information that could be reviewed prior to your appointment:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to make an appointment?

Ideally 4-6 weeks before travel is best to allow for adequate time for some series of immunizations if needed. However, many can be done during the week you are leaving, but it is generally not good to leave this important planning too close to departure.

What are the office hours?

Appointments are generally offered on Thursday afternoons and evenings, however special arrangements can be made for other times during the week.

Why do I need to let you know about every country I plan to visit on my trip?

This will allow a customized report with recommendations for each country to be included. Occasionally there are very specific requirements that apply to certain countries.

How much does this service cost?

The current 2010 fee schedule is available in the office upon request. Payment is requested at time of service, and arrangements can be made to bill your insurance. You will still be required to pay any balance remaining. A statement will be provided to itemize all services rendered.

Is it a good idea to bring in my previous immunization records?

Yes, this will be very helpful to determine your current health status and which other additional immunizations you may require.

Will I have a reaction to the immunizations?

It is very unlikely that any reaction will be noted, and most people find that they do not even hurt. Occasionally mild tenderness at the site can occur, and you will be monitored for any severe reaction before you leave the office. You will receive information about every immunization you receive.

Will I receive the necessary documentation with the yellow fever immunization?

Yes, you will receive a personalized pocket sized yellow card with the specific information that is recognized around the world.

Physician Information

Gaylen M. Kelton, MD
Certificate in Travel Health®

Dr. Kelton is Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Director, IU Health Travel Medicine. He is also Clinical Professor and Founding Program Director, Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He completed residencies in both Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Queens University, Kingston, Canada, and is board certified in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty in August, 1996, he served patients in private practice in Timmins, Ontario, where he was a community residency preceptor and the District Medical Director of Emergency Services.

Dr. Kelton holds fellowships in both the American Academy of Family Physicians and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Dr. Kelton has been involved in global health throughout his career. He is highly involved with planning and implementing Family Medicine education, research, and service in Honduras. He holds a Certificate in Travel Health and Medicine from University College London, and a Certificate in Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine.

He is the director of IU Travel Medicine, where he serves patients' pre and post travel consultation and immunization needs including country specific advice.

Selected Publications, Contributing Authorship, and Presentations:

Kelton, G.M., and McKeag, D., "Haiti... Lessons for Family Medicine", AAFP International Family Medicine Workshop, 2010, published September 7, 2010

Kelton, G.M., and Sevilla, J., "Collaboration on the Construction of a Clinical Site for Global Health Experiences", presentation at 19th WONCA 2010 World Conference, Cancun Mexico, May 21, 2010

Sevilla, Javier F. and Kelton, Gaylen M. "Global Health Honduras" proceedings of AAFP International Family Medicine Workshop, 2006, published March 6. 2007.

Chinese National Medical professional qualification examination- Set Series - Family Medicine Featured Question Sets, 2nd ed. Chinese People's Health Publishing House, 2010, in press.

Chinese National Medical professional qualification examination- Set Series - Family Medicine Featured Question Sets, 1st ed. Chinese People's Health Publishing House, 2009.

Kelton, G.M., Management of the Abnormal Pap and Colposcopy, Taijiang Hospital, Fuzhou, China, October 31, 2009.

Kelton, G.M., Family Medicine and Primary Care in North America, Present and Future, Subei Hospital, Yangzhou, China, October 28, 2009.

Kelton, G.M., Future of Family Medicine and Primary Care in North American Health System, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China, May 11, 2009.

Kelton, G.M., Management of the Abnormal Pap and Colposcopy, Third Asia and Pacific Gynecology, Laparoscopy and Minimal Invasive Surgery Conference, Fuzhou, China, May 9, 2009.

Kelton, G.M., North American Primary Care Health System, Hunan Int'l Surgical and Medical Conference, Want Want Hospital, Changsha, China, May 7, 2009.

Kelton, G.M., Management of the Abnormal Pap and Colposcopy, North American Medical Experts Forum, Yangzhou University Medical School, China, May 5, 2009.

Sevilla, J. and Kelton, G.M., "A Collaboration in the construction for a clinical site for Global health experiences" 18th Annual GHEC (Global Health Education Consortium) Conference & 7th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference, Seattle, WA, April 3-5, 2009.

Kelton, G.M., Sevilla, J., and McKeag, D., "A Family Medicine Department's Approach to Immigrant Health in the context of Global Health." AAFP International Family Medicine Workshop, Denver, CO, September 5, 2008.

Sevilla, J. and Kelton, G.M., "An Academic Centers Approach to Migrant Health", GHEC (Global Health Education Consortium), 16th Annual Conference, Beyond Borders: Global Heath and Migrating Populations, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, February 17, 2007.

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