April 16, 2013

Travel Medicine Clinic has busy first year


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — The Travel Medicine Clinic at Maury Regional Medical Center has been open for just over one year but has already become a first stop for dozens of travelers headed to countries around the world.

“We have already been able to serve about 75 international travelers since the clinic opened. Destinations have included Vietnam, Tanzania, Cambodia, China and India to name just a few,” said Reba McCoy, clinic coordinator. “We also get an overwhelming number of travel inquiries from people just looking for information.”

International travel requires that you take the necessary steps to protect your health and that of others. Usually this means getting vaccinated.

“Most countries strongly recommend certain vaccines. The Yellow Fever vaccine is required by law. Not having that one will actually keep you from being admitted to some countries. Vaccines for travel are divided into three categories: routine, recommended, and required.” McCoy said. “The big issue is people need to plan way in advance. Some immunizations are given in a series and take several weeks or even months to complete.”

At the Travel Medicine Clinic, specially trained staff can help you determine which vaccinations are required for your destination and can also administer them. Before scheduling a vaccination appointment, a travel questionnaire must be completed. Once the questionnaire is received by the clinic, it will be reviewed by the nurse practitioner who will then schedule an appointment. The travel questionnaire and detailed information about available vaccines and services at the Travel Medicine Clinic can be found at The clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 931.540.4279.