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Interlake-Eastern RHA’s Travel Health Clinic Now Open in Selkirk

Residents of Interlake-Eastern RHA with plans to travel outside of Canada are encouraged to make an appointment to speak with the travel health nurse at the RHA’s travel health clinic that is now open in Selkirk in the public health office at 237 Manitoba Avenue.

 

Jodene Dudgeon, the public health nurse with expertise in travel health who works in the Selkirk clinic, has worked at the RHA’s travel health clinic for the past eight years while it operated in Beausejour. She provides current information about appropriate immunizations, can deliver commonly required immunizations and advise of health precautions in order to ensure safe travel.

 

“Many foreign diseases and illnesses are rare yet serious and are preventable through vaccinations. I recommend vaccines based on the trip you’re taking, your existing health condition and prior vaccinations received. Not all travellers need the same vaccines. Some vaccines are required and some are recommended, I help people better understand the options,” Dudgeon said.

 

The Selkirk clinic will operate every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Appointments are recommended at least eight weeks prior to departure from Canada. Some vaccinations required for travel may need a number of weeks to provide maximum benefit and multiple appointments with the travel clinic.

 

Dudgeon likes to know as much as possible about a person’s travel itinerary so she can prepare prior to the appointment. When calling for an appointment, be prepared to provide the administrative assistant with your travel itinerary, length of stay, reason for travel, previous travel immunizations and nine digit Manitoba Health card number.

“When we protect travellers with immunizations and education, we improve their assurances for good health while travelling. We also prevent them from returning home with travel acquired illnesses that can spread. So a visit to a travel clinic can have far reaching health benefits at home and abroad,” Dudgeon said.

 

The clinic charges fees for services not covered by Manitoba Health. Payment in cash or cheque is required at the end of every appointment. People with additional health insurance coverage may be eligible for reimbursement through their insurance provider. 

 

Travel health services will no longer be available in Beausejour so that services can be more centrally accessible in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority. All clients are welcome at 202-237 Manitoba Avenue in Selkirk. Call 204-785-4891 for an appointment.

 

For more information contact:

Lauralou Cicierski, Regional Manager of Public Relations and Communications

204.467.4747, lcicierski@ierha.ca

 

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