The Southwest Utah Public Health Department’s Kanab office is now offering an International Travel Clinic to residents of Kane County who are planning trips outside the U.S. This new service provides pre-travel education, immunizations, and travel-related prescriptions.

“Now our traveling clients won’t have to drive 160 miles round trip to get comprehensive travel education and immunizations”, says Susan Little, nursing supervisor in the SWUPHD Kanab office. “We can set appointments that meet their schedule and provide vaccines that are hard to get anywhere else. This will be great for missionaries or any international travelers.”

Although vaccines and public health practices have made many infectious diseases rare or non-existent in the United States, illnesses such as measles, malaria, yellow fever, and typhoid are still a problem in many foreign countries.

Almost two million U.S. travelers are exposed to malaria each year. Motion sickness, high altitude sickness, and diarrhea are also common problems. In fact, one in four travelers report an illness or other health problem while abroad.

The travel clinic consultations offer pre-travel education including current safety and cultural information about your destination, food and water safety tips, insect-borne disease prevention, jet lag and high altitude information, and advice on medical needs and travel health insurance. All immunizations for foreign travel are available, along with prescriptions for motion sickness, high altitude, malaria, and diarrhea.

Call for rates (group/family/humanitarian/missionary rates available) or to make an appointment at 644-2537.