< Back Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city? Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat? What is the word for "doctor" in the local language? What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider? Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go? What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police. What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable? How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language? Is the water safe to drink? Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city? Recent changes to United States immigration law require visa applicants to obtain certain vaccinations (listed below) prior to the issuance of a visa. Mumps Measles Rubella Polio Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids Pertussis Influenza type B Hepatitis B Varicella Pneumococcal Influenza Additionally, it is recommended that normal childhood vaccinations of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP) and polio are up-to-date. You are also advised to carry your medical records with you from your home country and that you consult your home country's vaccination regulations for re-entry or repatriation. ↑ Top Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat? The United States does not have socialized medical care. It is recommended that you have your own health insurance and bring all your information with you when visiting the doctor or hospital. If you do not have health coverage, you will have to pay for health care out of your own finances at the time service is provided. This can run into many thousands of dollars for serious illnesses so being covered should be a top priority. The doctors and hospitals in the U.S. are very good and dependable. In Chicago, there are many quality hospitals, medical facilities and private practices available to you. To find a suitable health care provider, contact your insurance provider to obtain a list or check with your company Human Resources Department for more information. ↑ Top What is the word for "doctor" in the local language? Doctor, which is abbreviated as Dr. ↑ Top What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider? As stated above, your company's Human Resources Department or your health insurance provider can supply you with a list of reputable physicians. Another great way to find a good doctor is by asking your co-workers, neighbors and friends. Often word-of-mouth is the best resource. ↑ Top Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go? No. Chicago has excellent health resources, facilities and treatment. ↑ Top What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police. Dial 911 for all emergencies. The person handling the call will direct your call to the correct department: an ambulance, the fire department or law enforcement depending on which is needed. ↑ Top What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable? If an emergency occurs in the middle of the night either call 911 and wait for an ambulance or have a family or friend drive you to the closet major hospital in your area. Major hospitals have 24-hour emergency clinics. Identifying the 24-hour emergency clinic nearest to where you live is an important first task once you have had a chance to settle in. ↑ Top How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language? Look for the word "pharmacy" or "drug store." Pharmacies are generally located in major chain stores like Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Osco and Costco. Some pharmacies are open 24 hours, seven days a week. ↑ Top Is the water safe to drink? Yes, tap water is clean and safe to drink. Many people prefer to filter their water or drink bottled water. ↑ Top IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.