2011-02-05 / News

Health department offers travel clinic

NEWARK – Traveling over Spring Break?

The Licking County Health Department offers a travel clinic serving adults and children who are traveling to international destinations”, said Health Commissioner Joe Ebel. “As families are making plans for Spring Break, we would like to take this opportunity to remind people of the importance of immunizations, especially if they are traveling overseas.”

Diane Kintner, Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) with the Travel Clinic is trained to provide a thorough, pre-travel consultation. Typically, her assessment begins with a review of the client’s immunization history to ensure that routine vaccinations such as tetanus, polio, and hepatitis B are up-to-date. Health history data is also reviewed. She then works with each client to determine specific risks based upon destination(s), length of stay, type of accommodations, anticipated food and water supplies, potential sun and insect exposures, etc. The Travel Clinic can provide all recommended or required vaccines for international travel. Prescriptions for anti-malarial medications are available if indicated.

Travelers should contact the clinic as soon as their itinerary is known, since some immunizations require a series of doses for maximum protection.

Travel clinic hours are held every Thursday. Call 740-349- 6687 to schedule an appointment.

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