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Published on July 24, 2008

A Visit to the Travelers Clinic Can Ensure an Enjoyable Vacation

ABINGTON, PA (July 24, 2008) - Taking a vacation overseas for most people is an enjoyable, relaxing way to take a break from the worries and responsibilities of work and home. Sitting on the beach having a tropical drink or sightseeing in an exotic part of the globe can be a wonderful way to spend one's vacation.

However, many travelers are deprived of these experiences and become ill during a trip that they and their family had planned and awaited for months. That is where Abington Memorial Hospital's Travelers Clinic comes in. 

The Travelers Clinic works to keep travelers healthy and happy during their trips overseas, by preventing infections with immunizations, giving travelers pre-emptive medications they can take with them and by giving sound advice and recommendations about how to avoid illness while abroad.

Forty to 60 percent of international travelers get some kind of health advice before departing, usually from unreliable sources; however, the Travelers Clinic staff, with more than 25 years in the field has expertise many do not. In a field where important information changes from year to year, the Travelers Clinic's specialization will greatly aid patients in staying healthy overseas. The clinic has experience and vaccines, such as one for yellow fever, which many physician practices would not have readily available. 

It is not only Africa and South East Asia for which the clinic gives immunizations. The clinic offers certain immunizations, medication or at least advice for most areas of the world.  Diseases that are uncommon to the United States exist in much of the developing world as well as in places such as India, Mexico, and other growing tourist destinations. "People tend to forget Mexico," said Todd Braun, M.D., chief, Division of Infectious Diseases.

With 40 to 60 percent of travelers suffering travelers' diarrhea at some point during their vacation, and destinations becoming more and more exotic, it is important to seek medical advice before departure. Patients should visit the clinic a month prior to leaving, Braun said, to ensure they receive all necessary immunizations for their vacation as well as review their common immunization records. 

The Travelers Clinic at Abington Memorial Hospital sees 25 patients a week on average. "It is the most enjoyable part of my work week," said Braun about treating the clinic's patients. "In a way, we get to vicariously live through them, we enjoy hearing about their trips."

The Travelers Clinic is located in Suite 220 of the Levy Medical Plaza. For more information, please call 215-481-6350.

Abington Memorial Hospital is an independent 570-bed, non-profit, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 900 physicians and over 5,000 employees. These professionals provide medical care and health services to residents of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. A regional provider, Abington Memorial Hospital has the only Level II accredited trauma center in Montgomery County and offers highly specialized services in cardiac care, cancer care, maternal child health, neurosurgery and orthopaedics.

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