Infectious Disease & Travel Medicine
When you travel overseas, our bodies are exposed to countless germs we've
never encountered before. While most of these will be harmless, some of
them can cause serious health complications—and even an infectious
disease. That is why it is recommended (and often required) that travelers
seek a medical evaluation before embarking on their trip.
At Great River Health System, we provide convenient, comprehensive travel
medicine services for our patients and neighbors throughout southeast
Iowa. If you or a loved one is getting ready for a trip overseas, we can
help safeguard them against potential health complications while they
travel. Call (319) 768-1000 today to learn more.
Our Travel Medicine Services
Our infectious disease specialists treat illnesses caused by bacteria,
viruses, parasites and fungi. Many of these infections can be treated
by your primary health care provider.
You may need a specialist for:
- Difficult-to-diagnose or recurring infections (by physician referral)
- HIV and AIDS treatment
- Sexually transmitted disease treatment
- Travel vaccinations and consultation
Who requires immunizations? Travelers who...
- Become exposed to unsanitary conditions
- Become exposed to infections in other people
- Become exposed to parasites
- Are subject to required immunizations due to their destination
Souha Haydoura, M.D. manages our travel medicine department. She and our team recommend that
potential travelers call us for their travel medicine evaluation/vaccinations
four-to-six weeks before their trip. Our dedicated, knowledgeable professionals
are ready to help you assess the details of your trip, properly administer
the recommended or required vaccinations, and provide education on what
you can do to stay healthy and thriving as you travel.