Every year more and more Americans are traveling internationally — for vacation, business, volunteerism, and to visit friends and family. Whatever your reason for traveling when it comes to your health and safety abroad a person needs to be proactive, prepared, and protected. It is important to:
Contact your doctor or medical provider. Don't delay. It may take several weeks to get necessary vaccinations completed.
Take all your travel medications as prescribed especially if your need to take antimalaria medications.
For travel to some regions take protection (clothing, netting, insecticides) to prevent contact with mosquitos, black flies, ticks, feas and other insects or parasites capable of causing disease and illness
Be aware of the illnesses you may be exposed to while traveling and monitor your health status. Sometimes signs or symptoms of viruses or parasites may not occur for several days or weeks.
Travel Vaccinations and Diseases:
Some illnesses found in other countries are vaccine preventable while others are not. Routine vaccine preventable diseases for travelors include:
Other diseases of concern which cannot be prevented with vaccines or medications include Cholera, Dengue Fever, and Tuberculosis. The CDC has a complete listing and information of diseases that travelers may want to be mindful of.
The Ellis County Health Department provides a walk-in vaccination clinic every Monday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The clinic provides immunizations for:
Infants and children
In addition, appointments can be made for vaccinations on other days by calling the department at 785-628-9440. The health department is not able to provide all vaccinations travelers may need. We can however, get a person started with the more common shots and make referrals for the others.
The health department provides these vaccinations at the lowest cost available. We can bill most insurance companies for vaccination services however we are unable to bill Medicare. The health department does accept cash, checks, or credit/debit cards.