Travel Consultations


Public Health Nurse, 509-962-7515

Travel consultations help travelers stay safe and healthy while traveling abroad and prevent communicable diseases from spreading.

Services Offered

A specially-trained public health nurse reviews immunization histories, recommends vaccines, and provides site-specific health education and information about international travel. There is a fee for the travel consultation plus the price of vaccines administered. Call 509-962-7515 to make an appointment, discuss costs, and plan to spend 60-90 minutes with the nurse.

We recommend that you make an appointment at least two months prior to travel, if possible. Multiple vaccinations may be recommended and an appropriate amount of time must pass for a vaccine to become effective after it is given. If certain vaccines are not administered soon enough to be effective by the date of travel, customs officials can delay or deny entry into their country.

Payment is due at the time of visit. We accept cash, credit cards, personal checks, and some health insurance plans. We can provide a copy of the billing sheet for submission to a private insurance company, if requested.

The international travel clinic consultation will include the following subjects as applicable for your travel:

  1. A comprehensive review of your itinerary, immunization history, and relevant health history.
  2. A comprehensive review of recommended and required vaccinations for your trip.
  3. Education regarding food and water safety, including signs and symptoms of food-borne illness.
  4. Education regarding mosquito precautions and mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, Zika virus, and yellow fever. Also, a determination will be made whether preventative treatment for malaria is recommended.
  5. Education regarding prevention of other vector-borne diseases such as schistosomiasis, filariasis and tick-borne encephalitis.
  6. Education regarding preventing animal bites, rabies precautions and rabies prophylaxis.
  7. Education regarding prevention and vaccination from other illnesses spread by human to human contact including hepatitis A and B, meningococcal disease, HIV, measles, Zika virus, and others.

What to know before you go...

You are planning the trip of a lifetime. You've been busy preparing. You've considered every detail...or have you? Traveling to locations outside the U.S. means the possibility of coming into contact with diseases that are harmful and potentially fatal. This may be especially true for specific populations, such as pregnant women, children and the elderly. In many cases, you can significantly reduce the risk of acquiring various diseases or health problems while traveling internationally. Obtaining a travel consultation from a trained public health professional can provide education regarding recommended and required vaccinations and other information about preventing diseases and decreasing risk of illness while abroad.

These recommendations vary according to a person's specific itinerary, the length of travel, time of year of travel, an individual's personal health history and the activities an individual expects to engage in while traveling. Due to complexity of these recommendations, advice or information cannot be provided over the telephone.

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