Do you have plans to travel abroad? If so, your passport and travel plans may not be the only things you need to think about.
You have a great vacation planned overseas and it is going to be the trip of a lifetime. Along with sun block and maps, be sure your planning includes a consultation with the International Travel Advice and Immunization Clinic at Pullman Regional Hospital.
Every country has its own safety risks and chances of illness (malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya, zika virus, cholera and so many more) that one could pick up while visiting there. With the most up to date information, updated weekly or more often during outbreaks, the International Travel Advice and Immunization Clinic, can help you as you prepare and plan.
Whether it is immunizations that you need or medications that you will be taking while in another country, we will help you sort through the constantly changing rules, recommendations and requirements that one will face in a different country.
We also have the privilege of having two tropical medicine trained physicians at Pullman Regional Hospital who can consult and will assist travelers if they do pick up an illness while visiting an international location.
It is important to note that all visits to the Clinic are by appointment only. Travelers should contact the Clinic at least 6-8 weeks before departure because some immunizations are a series of injections. It does take time for antibodies to rise to the most optimum level for immunity.
Referral from your physician is not necessary to receive a consultation and Pullman Regional Hospital will bill insurance. Many insurance plans will pay for routine vaccinations. Patients should check with their own insurance plans to understand their benefits.
Even if you are not travelling, it may be necessary for you to receive vaccinations for work or other reasons, such as rabies pre-exposure vaccines and Tuberculosis test. Or maybe you would like to just get up to date with immunizations. Whatever your case may be, we are here and will have what you need.
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis AB
- MMR - Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Meningococcal Meningitis - Menactra or Menveo
- Meningococcal Meningitis - Menomune
- Meningococcal Meningitis B - Trumenda or Bexero
- Polio- IPV
- Pneumococcal vaccine - Prevnar 13
- Pneumococcal vaccine - Pneumovax 23
- Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
- varicella (chicken pox)
- zostavax - shingles
Other travel vaccines:
- Immune globulin
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Typhoid-oral and injectable
- Rabies - Pre exposure and Post exposure
- Haemophilus B
- TB tests
Up-to-date Education and Immunizations
When you travel to foreign countries, you can potentially expose yourself to illnesses that are not common in the United States. Today, the world is a very small place when it comes to illness. Because one can travel across the world in less than 24 hours, disease can travel rapidly. We have seen evidence of this in the Ebola scare of 2013-2014, the swine flu in 2010 which started in Mexico and the influenza cases brought here from Europe last year. Currently in the news, we see rapid spreading of mosquito borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus. We also hear about the MERS virus that has started and been spread from the Middle East. Each of these diseases have made enough of an impact that the World Health Organization has found reason to send out warnings of epidemic activity throughout the world. The Travel Clinic at Pullman Regional Hospital provides education on these illnesses and immunizations.
The Travel Clinic uses up-to-the-minute technology to provide you with the latest information regarding health and safety concerns for countries around the world.
It is important to note that you should seek pre-travel advice at least 6 to 8 weeks prior to your scheduled departure because some immunizations require more than just one injection to be effective. A referral from your physician for this service is not necessary.
Yellow Fever Vaccine:
Due to the manufacturing company’s construction of a new building, Yellow Fever Vaccine is not available here at Pullman Regional Hospital for a temporary time. This is the case for the whole country and Canada. The company has informed us that they hope to have the construction done by mid 2018, with the vaccine available again, hopefully, by the 3rd quarter of this year.
For those in need of Yellow Fever Vaccine, there are some options. There are specific areas that the CDC has set up to do the Stamaril vaccine, a yellow fever vaccine out of Europe. These offices are difficult to find. You can check the CDC website to get phone numbers of these offices. However, they are difficult to find on the website. You may need to call our office to get a number for the offices that have access to the Stamaril vaccine. Right now, the only facility that is doing this vaccine in this area is in Spokane. There are more in Seattle and Portland areas.
Also, there are airport vaccination areas in Europe if you are traveling through those areas that you might be able to get a Yellow Fever Vaccine from. Our clinic has a list of these with numbers as well. Please call for more information.
Needless to say, this whole process will take more time than normal. Start planning and looking for the Yellow Fever Vaccine at least 8 weeks before departure date, as these areas will not have as many appointments open or require more visits to get vaccine.
Pullman Regional Hospital Travel Clinic will still be doing all of the rest of the vaccines and medications etc… for international travel. Outside of the Yellow Fever Vaccine, there are no changes.
A Note to Travelers:
It is important that anyone that experiences a fever and illness post travel should let your physician know or contact the hospital for further instructions. Patients seeking care at their physician’s office or here at Pullman Regional Hospital should let the physician know that they have been out of the country. This way, the physician will be able to keep this in mind while looking at other symptoms and tests in order to diagnose your problem correctly. As many of these diseases present with the same symptoms in the beginning, it is important that we know this critical information.
In the effort to protect you the best that we can against all of these ongoing and changing diseases, we highly encourage patients to contact the travel clinic and do as much education and prevention as is possible before you go, so that your trip will be pleasant and disease free. And if, by chance, things aren’t going well after you return, by all means, let us know so that we can check you out as soon as possible.
For an appointment, call and leave a message. The nurse will call you back.
International Travel Advice and Immunization Clinic