The Travel Medicine Clinic at Maury Regional Medical Center has been open for just over one year but has already become a first stop for dozens of travelers headed to countries around the world.
“We have already been able to serve about 75 international travelers since the clinic opened. Destinations have included Vietnam, Tanzania, Cambodia, China and India to name just a few,” said Reba McCoy, clinic coordinator. “We also get an overwhelming number of travel inquiries from people just looking for information.”
International travel requires that you take the necessary steps to protect your health and that of others. Usually this means getting vaccinated.
“Most countries strongly recommend certain vaccines. The Yellow Fever vaccine is required by law. Not having that one will actually keep you from being admitted to some countries. Vaccines for travel are divided into three categories: routine, recommended, and required.” McCoy said. “The big issue is people need to plan way in advance. Some immunizations are given in a series and take several weeks or even months to complete.”
At the Travel Medicine Clinic, specially trained staff can help you determine which vaccinations are required for your destination and can also administer them. Before scheduling a vaccination appointment, a travel questionnaire must be completed. Once the questionnaire is received by the clinic, it will be reviewed by the nurse practitioner who will then schedule an appointment. The travel questionnaire and detailed information about available vaccines and services at the Travel Medicine Clinic can be found at mauryregional.com. The clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 931.540.4279.
About Maury Regional Medical Center:
Maury Regional Medical Center is a 275-bed facility that serves more than 260,000 people in southern Middle Tennessee and has a medical staff of more than 200 physicians. From a comprehensive interventional and surgical heart program to a neonatal intensive care and cancer center, the medical center offers a wide range of advanced services. The medical center was recognized in 2013 as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics as well as one of the nation’s top health systems in 2011 and 2012. Maury Regional serves as the flagship for a group of facilities including Marshall Medical Center in Lewisburg, Wayne Medical Center in Waynesboro, Lewis Health Center in Hohenwald and Spring Hill Health Center in Spring Hill. A second facility will open in Spring Hill in 2013. For more information, visit mauryregional.com.
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