From Public Health:
Public Health Branch Clinic helps
keep world travelers healthy
Planning and packing are pertinent parts of preparing for a family trip, but
when traveling overseas, it is also important to remember your vacation vaccines.
“It’s a really good idea to protect yourself, your family and your community from diseases that are more common in other places than here in the United States,” said Susan Buckley, director of the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Public Health Branch.
Currently, the Public Health Branch Clinic, at 529 I St in Eureka, is the only place locally to offer a comprehensive pre-travel vaccination and health consultation program. During a scheduled appointment with a nurse, travelers can obtain health information about the country they are planning to visit and also get educated about and immunized against diseases that might pose a risk to their health while they are abroad. Which vaccines are needed depend on a number of factors, including a person’s destination, whether they will be spending time in urban or rural areas, the time of year a person is traveling and the traveler’s age, health status and previous immunizations.
The Public Health Branch follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines when it comes to keeping travelers healthy and safe. The CDC recommends people get immunized at least four to six weeks before leaving on a trip.
“Most vaccines take time to become effective in your body and some vaccines must be given in a series over a period of weeks or sometimes months,” said Susan Wardrip, a registered nurse and immunization coordinator for the Public Health Branch Clinic.
Most of the time, people don’t have reactions to vaccines, Wardrip said.
To make an appointment for a pre-travel consultation, call the Public Health Clinic at 268-2108. CDC guidelines can be viewed at cdc.gov/travel.