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Travelling? Seek medical advice.

Dubai Planning to travel? You can do with some medical advice from the Traveler's Clinic.

Located at the Al Mankhool Health Centre in Dubai - with a second branch opening in Al Barsha soon - the Traveler's Clinic offers consultation on the vaccines and precautions travellers need in order to stay healthy during and after the trip.

Dr Fatma Al Attar, Head of Traveler's Clinic and Preventive Services Centre under the Dubai Health Authority, said: "Many travel-related health problems can be avoided if only we take care. They include environmental, food and water-borne health risks, sexually transmitted diseases, jet lag, motion sickness and deep vein thrombosis."

She said travellers would do well to visit the clinic four-six weeks in advance so that they can have a full health plan in place. The clinic assesses the health of the traveller, apprising them of official health updates from the destination. "We are guided by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention which provides the latest health information for travel to over 200 destinations."

Dr Nahed Al Yousuf, Specialist Registrar and Deputy Head of the Traveler's Clinic, said yellow fever vaccines are mandatory for those headed to African and South American countries and meningitis for those undertaking the Haj or Umrah in Saudi Arabia.

Dr Fatma said: "Our country is free from diseases like malaria and polio, so our aim is to keep the community safe." The clinic also offers adequate tips to guard against diseases like dengue and traveller's diarrhoea.

The consultation is free for Emiratis and non-local Enaya insurance holders with Dh20 registration fee. The rest have to pay Dh150. The vaccines come at an additional cost, ranging from Dh50 to Dh200.


C What vaccines you need in certain countriesC

1. Cholera vaccineC Indication: Central and North AfricaC

Validity: Two doses for every two yearsC

C 2. Hepatitis A vaccineC Indication: All countries except Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and CanadaC Validity: Two doses (0, 6 months), repeated every 20 yearsC

C 3. Japanese Encephelitis vaccineC Indication: India, some other countries in Asia and Western PacificC Validity: Three doses (0, 7, 30 days), booster every two yearsC

C 4. Meningococcal Meningitis vaccineC Indication: Has seasonal and geographic location mandates. Saudi Arabia when travelling for Haj,UmrahC Validity: One dose every three yearsC

C 5. Influenza vaccineC

Indication: Most countriesC Validity: One dose annually two weeks before departureC

C 6. Typhoid fever vaccineC Indication: For travellers staying in areas of questionable sanitationC Validity: One dose every three yearsC

C 7. Yellow fever vaccineC Indication: Mandatory for some countries in Africa, South America.C Validity: One dose every 10 yearsC

8. Hepatitis B vaccineC Indication: Kids, adolescents through 18 years who were not vaccinated earlier; all unvaccinated adults at risk of HBV infectionC Validity: Three doses (0, 1, 6 months) every 20 yearsC

9. Anti Rabies VaccineC Indication: For those who may be exposed to wild or domestic animals except countries listed as rabies-freeC Validity: 28 days (primary, pre and post exposure)C

10. Other vaccinesC Indication: Include MMR, polio, diphtheria/tetnus (check if completed or need booster)C Validity: As case may beC

11. Malaria ProphylaxisC Indication: Anti-malaria medications recommended if travelling to countries like Africa, Asia, South and Central AmericaC Validity: As per travel

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