TRAVEL CLINIC

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.

Before travel: 

You have a great vacation planned overseas and it's going to be the trip of a lifetime. Along with sunblock, be sure your planning includes a consultation with our International Travel Advice and Immunization Clinic.

Every country has its own safety risks and chances of illness (malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya, zika virus, cholera and so many more) that you could pick up while visiting there.  With the most up to date information, the International Travel Advice and Immunization Clinic can help you prepare and plan. 

Whether it's immunizations that you need or medications you'll be taking while in another country, we will help you sort through the constantly changing rules, recommendations, and requirements of different countries.  

We also have two tropical medicine trained physicians who can consult with and assist you if you pick up an illness while visiting another country.

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 as some immunizations require a series of injections.  It takes time for antibodies to rise to the most optimum level for immunity.

Referral from your physician is not necessary to receive a consultation.  Travel Clinic consultations cost $50 per patient. We will gladly send immunization costs to insurance; however, other costs must be covered by the patient. Many insurance plans will pay for routine vaccinations.  Make sure to check with your insurance provider to understand your benefits.

Even if you are not travelling, it may be necessary to receive vaccinations for work or other reasons such. These vaccines include rabies pre-exposure, Tuberculosis tests, or simply staying up to date with immunizations. Whatever the case, we can help. 

Routine vaccines:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis AB
  • Influenza
  • 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
  • Gardisil-HPV 

Other travel vaccines:

  • Immune globulin
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Typhoid-oral and injectable 

Other:

  • Rabies - Pre exposure and Post exposure
  • Haemophilus B 

Tests:

  • 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 you 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.  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 had 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. Our Travel Clinic 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 as some immunizations require a series of injections to be effective. 

 

Yellow Fever Vaccine:

Due to the manufacturing company, the Yellow Fever Vaccine will not be available at Pullman Regional Hospital until mid 2019.  The same is true for most of the United States and Canada. 

For those in need of Yellow Fever Vaccine, 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; however, you can check the CDC website or call our clinic to get more information on the offices that have access to the Stamaril vaccine. The only facility in the area currently offering this vaccine is in Spokane.  There are more locations in Seattle and Portland. There are also airport vaccination areas in Europe that you might be able to get a Yellow Fever Vaccine from.  Our clinic has a list of numbers for these locations. 

Start planning and looking for the Yellow Fever Vaccine at least 8 weeks before your departure date.

The Travel Clinic will still be doing all other vaccines and medications for international travel.  Outside of the Yellow Fever Vaccine, there are no changes.

 

A Note to Travelers:

It is important that anyone who 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 the hospital should let their physician know that they have been out of the country so the physician will be able to keep this in mind while assessing symptoms and running tests in order to diagnose your problem correctly.  

In order to receive the best protection against all diseases, we highly encourage you to contact the Travel Clinic to get as much education as possible beforehand, so your trip can be pleasant and disease-free.  

 

For an appointment, call and leave a message. The nurse will call you back.

International Travel Advice and Immunization Clinic

509-336-7354

Media
Travel Clinic Podcast

Shari Larsen, Travel Clinic Consultant, discusses necessary immunizations and other recommendations before you travel internationally.

Plan Ahead

Seek pre-travel advice at least 6 to 8 weeks prior to your scheduled departure. For an appointment call and leave a message at 509-336-7354. The nurse will return your call shortly.

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