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After You Return
Returning from travel abroad
After routine travel for short amounts of time, a medical examination is usually not necessary once you return home. The CDC has no official guidelines for screening international travelers who do not show any symptoms of a disease except in special populations, such as refugees or international adoptees.
However, in certain circumstances, it is advisable to be seen by your doctor. Those circumstances include:
People who have fever, diarrhea, vomiting, jaundice, urinary problems, skin or genital infections, or flu-like symptoms shortly after returning from travel should have a medical examination immediately.
After visiting a malaria-risk area, people who develop a fever, flu-like symptoms, or become ill while traveling or within a year after returning home, should see a doctor immediately for medical care.
People with known high-risk exposures that are linked to the transmission of certain agents, even if there are no current symptoms.
People who have engaged in casual unprotected sex or have received an injection, a tattoo, or body piercing may be screened for specific diseases.
People who suffer from chronic diseases, such as HIV or AIDS, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and/or liver disease should consult with their doctor for recommendations regarding medical care after returning home.
Having a medical examination after staying abroad many months or longer is advised. Although certain diseases do not develop immediately after travel, some may appear within a few weeks. Anyone who becomes ill after returning from extended travel abroad should contact his or her doctor immediately.
There is always the possibility that a person who has been traveling has contracted an unusual disease — one with symptoms that do not become evident until many months following exposure (for example, malaria). Consult your doctor for more information.
Whether for business or pleasure, travel no longer means going to the nearest city or beach. Instead it means building business relationships on a different continent or searching out the most exotic vacation spot. Regardless of the reason for your travel, Valley Health Travel Medicine Services can provide you with the services and information you need to stay healthy while traveling internationally.
Personal Travel Consultations
Every client who visits our clinic receives a personalized travel risk assessment consultation with our team of experienced physicians and nurses. The consultation will consider:
- Individual risk assessment based on travel itinerary
- Evaluation of any underlying health problems (e.g. pregnancy, chronic illness, immunodeficiency).
- Anticipated travel activities (e.g. animal contact, fresh water exposure, sexual contact)
- Duration of travel (short or long-term)
- Age (child or elderly)
- Status of infectious diseases and other health risks at destinations during the proposed time of travel
- Risk-reduction strategies, including recommended vaccines and behavior modification to maintain health
- Strategies for the management of illness while traveling
- Provision of routine, recommended and required vaccines
- Malaria prophylaxis advice as well as other appropriate prescriptions (traveler’s diarrhea, altitude sickness, etc.)
Vaccines & Immunizations
Valley Health Travel Medicine Services can provide all necessary vaccines and immunizations including:
Preventive Medicine Prescriptions
- Yellow Fever
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Meningococcal disease
As part of a personal travel consultation, clients will be given prescriptions for any medications which should be taken on their planned trip including prescriptions for the following conditions:
Group Travel Vaccine Programs
- Anti-malaria prophylaxis
- High altitude sickness
- Jet Lag
- Urinary tract infections
- Traveler’s diarrhea
- Motion sickness
On-site immunizations and consultations are available for your company, school, church or other organization. Our services would be tailored to meet your group’s specific needs and can be scheduled to correspond with a planning meeting. Anyone who misses the on-site program could visit one of our conveniently located clinics. Please contact either of the clinics listed below for further information.
Personal Travel Consultations should be scheduled as far as possible in advance of international travel, ideally at least 6-8 weeks. However, even though some travel cannot be planned ahead, last minute travelers can still benefit from a personal travel consultation to minimize their health risks.
To schedule an appointment please call the Valley Health Occupational Health clinic nearest you:
607 E. Jubal Early Drive
Winchester, Virginia 22601\
(at Valley Health Urgent Care)
120 N. Commerce Ave., Suite 102
Front Royal, Virginia 22630
(at WMH Outpatient Care Center)