Our doctors have special interests in the diagnosis and management of infections. Examples include:
Since 1980, Springfield Clinic has offered full-time preventive and therapeutic services for the international traveler. Our specialists are board certified in Infectious Diseases and specially trained in international medicine.
Our services include advice about prevention of malaria, respiratory infections, mountain sickness, dengue, diarrhea, schistosomiasis and other diseases associated with tropical water.
Anyone who travels abroad may benefit from a travel consultation. Those in particular need of consultation include:
1. Travelers to Africa, Asia, the South Pacific, Central America and South America
4. Anyone with a travel itinerary that veers “off the beaten path”
5. Students traveling or studying abroad
6. The elderly
7. Infants and small children
Many insurance plans pay for preventive services. However, some plans consider travel “elective” and, therefore, treat these services as the responsibility of the individual. We accept cash, check, credit cards and pre-authorization from your insurance company at the time of service.
Six weeks prior to departure is the best time to schedule your appointment. Somevaccines require boosters before you leave; however, we will help you at any time.
With new medications, some major diseases can be prevented even if taken the day of departure.
1. Itinerary by country
2. A list of past immunizations and their dates
3. A list of medications
4. Current insurance information
5. Any previous international certificate of immunization (“yellow card”)
Springfield Clinic Infectious Diseases & Foreign Travel Medicine offers the following immunizations:
1. Chicken pox
3. Hemophilus influenzae
4. Hepatitis A
5. Hepatitis B
7. Japanese B encephalitis
9. Meningococcal meningitis
11. Pertussis (whooping cough)
13. Pneumococcal pneumonia
16. Rubella (German measles)
19. Yellow fever
Cholera and Lyme disease immunizations are no longer available.
To protect against and treat malaria, will prescribe chloroquine (Aralen), doxycycline, Fansidar, Malarone, mefloquine (Lariam) and a standby antibiotic for bacterial infections as needed. You must obtain these oral medications from your pharmacy.
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