Travel Medicine Program

Travel Medicine Program

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Gender and Geography

If you can't get there from here, it may have a lot to do with your gender and the directions you're using. Women tend to rely on landmarks ("Turn right at the gas station"), but men tend to use abstract strategies tied to compass points and exact distances ("Go north 1.2 miles and turn west"). What's more, each sex has trouble switching gears, a University of Saskatchewan study found. It's harder for men to use landmark-based directions and tougher for women to use abstract instructions, says lead author Deborah M. Saucier, Ph.D. The study of 82 students who had to find several destinations appeared in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2002.

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:
  • Yellow Fever
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • Polio
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid
Preventive Medicine Prescriptions
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:
  • Anti-malaria prophylaxis
  • High altitude sickness
  • Jet Lag
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Traveler’s diarrhea
  • Motion sickness
Group Travel Vaccine Programs
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.

Planning Ahead…
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)