Barbara Bush Children's Hospital

Pediatric Infectious Disease Care | Travel Medicine

MaineHealth Pediatric Specialty Care Portland provides expert pediatric infectious disease care for infants, children and adolescents. Our board-certified pediatric infectious disease physicians provide comprehensive care for young patients with illnesses caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites. We treat a wide range of conditions, including transplant complications, HIV and diseases of international refugees and travelers.

Expert pediatric infectious disease care and travel medicine

Are you planning to travel outside the U.S. with your children? MaineHealth Pediatric Specialty Care Portland is here to guide you on country-specific immunizations and preventive medications for conditions such as malaria. Please schedule your appointment at least 6-8 weeks prior to departure and bring a copy of your child's immunization record. 

Some vaccines require multiple doses for effective protection during travel. Services include counseling on food and waterborne diseases, animals, insect control and other health concerns. Some vaccines require additional shots following travel.

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Our physicians diagnose and treat the full range of infections affecting all major organ systems, including infections involving multiple body systems. Conditions we manage include:

  • Blood stream infection (Sepsis)
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Clostridium difficile colitis (‘C diff’)
  • COVID-19
  • Pneumonias
  • Encephalitis
  • Food-borne diseases such as salmonella
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Influenza, including the H1N1 virus
  • Lyme disease
  • Malaria and other travel-related diseases
  • Meningitis
  • MRSA
  • Mononucleosis
  • Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
  • Tuberculosis (TB)


We perform a full range of diagnostic testing for timely, accurate diagnosis, enabling appropriate treatment to begin as soon as possible.


We provide the most effective medications that are currently available and, careful monitoring, along with coordination of any appropriate home care and/or supportive services a child or family may need. Additional treatments include:

  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Antiviral therapy
  • Antifungal therapy

Travel medicine is not covered by some health insurance plans. The cost of the visit depends upon several factors, such as the complexity of the travel itinerary, as well as the number and types of immunizations required. If your insurance plan requires pre-authorization or a referral for specialist visits, you must secure this before your appointment.