CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Lots of time can go into planning the details of a summer vacation, from transportation logistics, to accommodations, to researching the best attractions to visit.
Most travelers don’t put getting a physical examination or getting vaccinated on that list, but the medical staff at Summit Occupational Health is hoping to change that.
If you are traveling outside of the country, perhaps the most important detail to plan is also often the most overlooked- researching health and safety precautions.
Dr. Zhiping Mo is a part of Summit Occupational Health’s Travel Healthy program. He meets with local families to educate them on health risks they should be aware of before departing for their trip.
“Often, families don’t realize some of the risks of traveling outside of the United States,” he explained. “We will research their destination and determine if there are any disease outbreaks to be aware of. You never know what might happen on a trip, and it’s important to travel prepared.”
The program starts with a phone call, where the medical team takes down details of your trip, including where you are going and what you plan to be doing while you are there.
From there, the team will research the destination, looking for outbreaks of diseases and other health trends. At a scheduled appointment, the travelers will get a physical, any needed vaccinations, and a doctor will spend time going over other precautions they should be aware of.
Summit Occupational Health offers vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B, flu, malaria, meningitis, polio, Tdap, tetanus, typhoid fever, and yellow fever.