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Taitung Hospital now offers vaccines for overseas travelers
出國前打疫苗 台東醫院旅遊門診開辦

A nurse administers a vaccine to an elderly woman at a hospital in Taitung County on Jan. 25 last year.

Photo: Wang Hsiu-ting, Liberty Times

Taitung County residents traveling abroad, especially those sojourning epidemic areas in Africa, Central and South America, or India — known to have yellow fever, malaria or hepatitis A — no longer have to go to Hualien County or Greater Kaohsiung for vaccinations. Taitung Hospital, under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, began accepting appointments for travelers last week. Taitung Hospital president Chu Nain-feng says that his hospital is the first in Taitung County to set up such a travel clinic. Various vaccines are administered according to the specific epidemic situation in the nation you are traveling to, Chu says, adding that the cost of the vaccines must be covered by patients. Vaccines can serve as prophylaxis — a preventative measure taken to help ensure the protection of one’s health.

Traveling abroad is quite popular among Taiwanese and Taitung residents also frequently travel overseas in tour groups, Chu says. The climate, environment, customs and health conditions are different in every country, he says, adding that it is possible to bring back viruses to Taiwan from abroad. For example, Chu says that Africa has yellow fever and malaria, while hepatitis A is common in India, and China offers the threat of wildlife influenza. Some of these are rare diseases in Taiwan, making it easy for misdiagnoses to occur. For this reason, you can avoid infection if you are able to get vaccinated for diseases common in the country that you are traveling to.

The first travel clinic in Taiwan was set up at National Taiwan University Hospital in 2008, Chu says. In recent years, hospitals in Hulien County and Greater Kaohsiung have also set up travel clinics, while none were ever set up in Taitung County. Taitung Hospital, receiving encouragement from the ministry, opened its travel clinic on April 1 in its family medicine department, particularly after considering the increase in Taitung residents traveling abroad extensively and statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, which showed that there were over 130 more cases in Taiwan imported from other countries this year when compared to the same period last year. The hospital recommends that you make inquiries with a travel clinic about vaccines four to six weeks prior to traveling or studying abroad. After determining which vaccines are needed, you should receive the vaccines at the hospital one to two weeks before departure, the hospital says, adding that it also accepts group appointments for people traveling in tour groups.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)


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