Providence now offering travel immunizations

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People traveling to distant (and not so distant) lands now can get their travel immunizations through Providence Medical Group Occupational Medicine, located at 380 Chase Street in Walla Walla.

Travel immunizations against diseases such as typhoid, polio and yellow fever were once available from the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health, but immunizations services were discontinued in 2015 due to budget cuts. Providence has expanded its immunization services to fill the void.

Travel immunization requirements can be complex, and can even vary from region to region within the same country. Providence’s travel registered nurse is available to counsel travelers on the requirements and help them get the shots they need.

Immunizations include: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, polio, typhoid, measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, chicken pox, shingles and flu. The clinic will soon receive state certification to administer yellow fever immunizations.

The service is available for adults only, and travel immunizations typically are not covered by insurance. A referral from a physician or prescription is not needed.

Some vaccines must be given two to four weeks before the start of a trip, so travelers are encouraged to plan ahead. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 509-897-3050.

Providence St. Mary Medical Center, a 142-bed regional hospital located in Walla Walla, Wash., is the fourth largest employer in Walla Walla County. The Providence Medical Group is the largest group of primary care providers and specialists in the Walla Walla area.