NEW BRITAIN – American Family Care Urgent Care New Britain has announced that it is offering travel consults as well as customized immunization programs for individuals who are traveling outside the country.
Dr. Sabina Rebis, of American Family Care Urgent Care, said there are certain diseases that are more prevalent in some parts of the world. She said there’s a new epidemic now with the measles virus and depending on the location where individuals are traveling to, they should look to get the proper immunizations or boosters.
“In this day and age I think is crucial to be immune to the measles virus because now it’s popping up everywhere,” Rebis said. “It was not a virus that we would necessarily vaccinate against if someone was not up to date on their measles booster but now it’s popping up again all over the world so I think it’s a good idea to check if you are immune.”
According to Rebis, one of the common illnesses she has seeing locally on people who have returned from traveling abroad is traveler’s diarrhea.
“We’ve seen traveler’s diarrhea, that can happen when patients sometimes say that they drank bottled water, for example when they were away in a country where there’s a concern for no filtration system,” Rebis said. “We’ve seen it in the New Britain clinic as well. Most of the patients that I’ve seen over the past few months would be in New Britain and West Hartford, so yes New Britain clinic for sure, then Vernon as well.”
The customized vaccine program is based on each person’s vaccine record, history of boosters and the region they are traveling to.
“In terms of the customized vaccines, based on countries we do use the latest CDC data on what is necessary,” Rebis said. “Sometimes there’s an epidemic of typhoid fever in a country so the CDC does regularly update all those sort of alerts on their website as well so we do base the vaccine based on their recommendation.”
Treatment before traveling may be necessary. The clinic offers the boosters and prescribed medication as needed for conditions such as mosquito borne illnesses, malaria and traveler’s diarrhea. Vaccines for measles, varicella, rubella and Hepatitis A and B are also offered at American Family Care Urgent Care.
“Usually Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, now most children born after certain decade do have those vaccines up to date but a lot of us who are older or baby boomers have never been vaccinated for Hepatitis A,” Rebis said. “Vaccinations help prevent that virus.”
Rebis recommends a check-up to those who come back from traveling abroad with diarrhea for more than eight days or any sort of other fatigue such as joint pain.
To learn more about American Family Care Urgent Care, visit www.afcurgentcarenewbritain.com .
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.