Countdown to Rio: Atlantans Prep for Summer Olympic Games with Help of Morehouse Healthcare
Morehouse Clinic dispensing vaccinations, prescriptions and travel tips to ensure
while in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ronna Charles Nu’Man
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2016 - ATLANTA – Hundreds of Atlantans are headed to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Olympic Games. Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is ensuring that travelers who are headed to South America are fully equipped with vaccinations, prescriptions and healthy travel tips.
Since 1998, Dr. Jalal Zuberi and the MSM staff have been dispensing vaccinations, prescriptions and general advice for staying healthy overseas. “We offer consultations on medical health issues that a person may face while visiting different countries,” says Dr. Zuberi, whose experience and extensive travel history is a major benefit to patients. “Especially if it’s the first time going somewhere, people need to know what is out there and what kind of communicable diseases they might be exposed to.”
The travel medicine specialty uses the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for vaccinations and infectious disease prevention. It also updates travelers with U.S. Department of State advisories for travel to politically unstable areas.
At the consultation, patients receive country-specific information and can discuss their travel itinerary with Board-certified practitioners who hold their Certificate of Travel Health® and are members of the International Society of Travel Medicine. Of special note is that the clinic is a certified provider of the yellow fever vaccine. Zuberi recommends that patients gather any immunization records ahead of the consultation in case boosters or others courses of action are necessary.
During a visit, guidance is offered on how to avoid everything from malaria to food- and waterborne illnesses. For added convenience, the travel clinic can provide group consultations for families traveling together.
The idea for Morehouse Healthcare’s travel clinic was sparked when Atlanta was awarded the 1996 Olympic Games. Zuberi said he anticipated that the exposure of the games would put the city on a global stage and ultimately cause the population to want to visit other countries where the Olympic games are held.
Appointments for Morehouse Healthcare’s travel clinic are available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The address is 1800 Howell Mill Road Ste. 275 & 550 Atlanta, GA 30318. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (404) 756-1400.
About Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)
Founded in 1975, MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians and was recognized by Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011 as the top institution in the first study of U.S. medical schools for our social mission based on our production of primary care physicians, training of underrepresented minority doctors and placement of doctors practicing in underserved communities. Our faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care.
Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award doctorate and master degrees. For more information, please visit www.msm.edu