BROOKLYN, NY (June 26, 2013) – With the summer traveling season upon us and more people choosing to go abroad for vacation, it is increasingly important to stay up-to-date with the CDC health recommendations for each country. Travelers who have experienced an illness while away know that the simplest of problems can be amplified while abroad, causing adverse circumstances that may lead to long-term negative health consequences.
Dr. Edward Chapnick, Director of Travel Medicine Services and the Division of Infectious Diseases at Maimonides, says, “Whether you’re on vacation or traveling for business, it is important to take the appropriate health precautions before leaving the country.”
The Maimonides Travel Medicine Service – which is overseen and staffed entirely by infectious disease physicians – is an authorized & licensed international vaccination site as per the US federal government. Maimonides offers comprehensive pre-trip medical care specific to your destination, including:
- Immunizations and vaccinations required to enter your destination, including: tetanus, hepatitis A, yellow fever, polio, and typhoid. Vaccination certificates are available if the patient is traveling to a country that requires them.
- A packet of health information relevant to your destination. Information regarding health outbreaks, how to avoid illness from food or water, and more. The packet can also address a patient’s questions or concerns regarding their trip.
The Maimonides Travel Medicine team also provides post-trip care in the event that a patient becomes sick during a trip. The physicians at Maimonides are equipped to diagnose and treat all types of illness commonly found abroad.
In order to get the most of pre-trip medical preparations, travelers should thoroughly explain their plans to their physicians. For instance, the rabies vaccination is only recommended for travelers who intend to have direct contact with wildlife, and especially with bats. Patients planning on going on safaris, for example, would have a greater need for the rabies vaccination than those sightseeing in Europe.
“Your health is at least as important as which hotel you choose for your vacation,” says Dr. Chapnick. “Most vaccinations take four weeks to achieve maximum effectiveness, so plan early. Don’t let your health be an afterthought.”
The Maimonides Travel Medicine Service, open Monday through Friday, is located at 4719 Fort Hamilton Parkway between 48th and 49th Streets, Brooklyn. All patients are seen by appointment and evening appointments are available. Please note that the services are not covered by most health insurance plans. To schedule an appointment please call (718) 283-8578.
Maimonides Medical Center is Brooklyn’s pre-eminent health care provider and a recipient of the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. According to the federal government, Maimonides is one of only 22 hospitals in the nation to achieve outstanding patient outcomes in all three categories of care that are measured annually: heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia. Widely recognized for its major achievements in advancing medical and information technology, Maimonides has 711 beds and over 70 subspecialty programs. For additional information on the nationally recognized clinical services at Maimonides Medical Center, please visit www.maimonidesmed.org.