When you are getting ready for travel, there is a lot to do before your bags are packed. One important part of traveling, especially internationally, is getting your health records and immunizations up-to-date before you take off. According to U.S. […]
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McLane Children’s Travel Immunization Clinic for Little Travelers

by Jill Taylor on May 29, 2013

in Community Information

traveling-girlWhen you are getting ready for travel, there is a lot to do before your bags are packed. One important part of traveling, especially internationally, is getting your health records and immunizations up-to-date before you take off.

According to U.S. Travel, those traveling with either children or grandchildren make up 30% of adult leisure travelers. As your family prepares for a big trip, your children may need a few things to stay safe.

To provide healthcare services before travel, McLane Children’s Scott & White has recently opened a Travel Immunization Clinic in Temple, Texas.

“This clinic will provide better access for patients to get in and be seen by a specialist to prepare them for their travels when it comes to immunizations and giving them knowledge of what to expect while they travel to other countries,” says clinic manager Wren Pamplin.

Specialized Care to Keep you Safe

Supervising the care at this Travel Immunization Clinic is James H. Brien, DO, a physician board certified in pediatric infectious disease. Dr. Brien has 30 years of experience and knows how to keep you informed, safe and away from health risks involved while traveling.

“By attending this clinic prior to foreign travel, patients will benefit by minimizing their risk of contracting travel-related infectious diseases, such as yellow fever, typhoid fever, common traveler’s diarrhea, and many more, depending on the country visited,” says Dr. Brien.

Of course you may not think you’ll contract yellow fever on your family vacation, but it is important to take precautionary measures. If you contract a harmful disease or need to be seen in foreign country, health care costs can be expensive. Fear of unknown doctors and treatment standards can also add stress to an already traumatic experience.

“You’re not always aware of what could be a potential problem,” says Pamplin. “Having this knowledge way in advance will make the families travels a better one.”

Benefits of the McLane Children’s Travel Immunization Clinic:

  • Better access to a specialist
  • Personal assessment of health history and individual needs based on your itinerary
  • Becoming aware of potential problems
  • Gaining knowledge in advance of possible diseases, conditions or threats in the area of travel
  • Discussion about precautionary measures for diet or recreation
  • Administer and prescribe immunizations and medications
  • All shots or travel needs in one location

“I think that it will be a great benefit to the community to have something like this so accessible,” says Pamplin.

Planning a Trip?

To prevent travel worries, Scott & White allows you to be seen at this clinic without a referral. Appointments are easy to make with a simple phone call, and urgent needs can be accommodated even as soon as within 48 hours.

“Parents may not be aware that this is offered at McLane Children’s Scott & White and getting the word out will open more opportunities for care and help parents prevent any issues they may come up while they travel,” she says.

If you are planning a trip and would like to be seen, call 254-724-KIDS to make an appointment. At least one month’s noticed is advised to prepare and get the appropriate healthcare.

The McLane Children’s Travel Immunization Clinic is located at desk 4B in the Scott & White Temple Clinic. Appointments can be made without a referral and appointments are scheduled every first and third Monday from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. Your child’s shot record is required unless you are already a patient.

Find out more about pediatric immunizations.

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