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Planning a trip to relax and recharge your batteries? Or to seize an opportunity in the global marketplace?  Go for it!  Overseas travel can provide opportunities to volunteer, work, or relax – but it is important to make sure you and your loved ones are protected with vaccines against serious diseases.

Plan Ahead

Planning a trip abroad will become a lot easier with a call to the RAVNAH Travel Health Clinic. The Travel Health Clinic provides comprehensive and safe travel health services including vaccines and individualized disease prevention plans to international travelers.

The World Health Organization advises travelers “to consult a travel medicine clinic or personal physician 4-6 weeks before departure if the travel destination is one where exposure to any vaccine-preventable diseases may occur.” RAVNAH’s Travel Health Clinic will be able to assist travelers in providing this invaluable service.

People who benefit from our services would include those traveling abroad on business, student trips, vacationers, church groups, adventure clubs and service organizations.

The pre-travel visit with a RAVNAH travel health nurse includes:

  • Pre-travel consultation and assessment
  • Trip research and risk identification
  • Vaccines  (i.e. yellow fever, rabies and other necessary medications)
  • Health education, vehicular safety, and prevention of air travel hazards

RAVNAH’s staff is able to instantly link to ever-changing health requirements, CDC updates and travel recommendations.  Education is an essential part of RAVNAH’s travel clinic services. Many international travelers are unaware of the latent health threats awaiting them at their destinations.

While it is certainly important to receive the appropriate vaccinations prior to commencing travel, education plays just as vital a role. For example, certain foods overseas may be dangerous to consume; certain marine hazards (such as jellyfish) may be present during your chosen time of travel, and risk of traveler’s diarrhea may be prevalent in certain destinations.

These are all examples of risks that cannot be prevented, but if properly educated, can be avoided. RAVNAH is pleased to be the area’s resource for this vital, potentially lifesaving service to our community’s international travelers.

For more information about RAVNAH’s Travel Health Clinic, please call 802-770-1536 or email gohealth@ravnah.org

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