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22 April 2019 04:30 pm

The Travel Clinic: Qatar's one-stop-clinic for travel vaccinations & medical advice

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Travel is a part of life for most people in Qatar, especially if they are expats because, from time-to-time, they will go back home to visit family and friends, to visit different countries for business or for pleasure. Whatever the reason for travel, it’s important to keep in mind that different countries have different requirements in terms of vaccinations and prevalent medical conditions or diseases.

Since travel cannot be avoided, it is best to stay up-to-date about travel-related sicknesses and get detailed travel advice before you travel to a particular country so you can avoid any illnesses and medical complications while you are in a new country.

In Qatar, if you’re planning on visiting overseas countries where you will need vaccinations and, perhaps, other preventive measures, you can book an appointment at the dedicated and comprehensive Travel Clinic located at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Communicable Diseases Centre (CDC).

What is the HMC Travel Clinic?

The Travel Clinic which opened its doors in February 2017 helps people who are travelling out of Qatar by providing them vaccinations, medications, counselling and other necessary preventive measures depending on the country they are visiting. Qualified staff in the field of travel medicine run the clinic this first-of-its-kind Clinic service in Qatar

This one-stop shop/clinic also assesses and provides medical care to travellers who have returned from countries where they have ended up with travel-related infections.

Make an appointment

The Travel Clinic sees those seeking travel vaccinations, medications and preventive advice three days a week: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Before visiting the Travel Clinic, travellers must make an appointment. It is better to get an appointment beforehand, that is preferably 4 - 6 weeks before the date you are planning on travelling on. The reason for this is that many vaccines require that much time to become effective and protect your body, and some may require 2 - 3 doses before they take effect.

Consult with the doctor

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Travel Clinic

When you have an appointment and visit the Travel Clinic, specialised physicians will do a thorough assessment of the traveller's physical and health condition along with asking about travel details. They also provide specific advice and counselling to travellers who plan to participate in activities like diving, mountain climbing, and going on cruises, etc.

The following are some of the things the Clinic and its physicians can help you with:

1. Disease prevention and advice

  • Disease prevention advice for the country/countries you are visiting.
  • Advice and assessments regarding health risks that may be linked with travelling.
  • Advice on required vaccinations and medications (general and also depending on where you are going).
  • Any existing medical conditions and illnesses.
  • Advice regarding complications that could take place while overseas.
  • Vaccinations (some countries do not give a visa unless you are vaccinated against certain diseases).
  • Medical assessment, specialist advice and treatment if you have recently returned from overseas, and have or suspect some travel-related illness, like persistent diarrhea, rash, fever or worm infestation, etc.
  • Certificate of vaccination (required for travel to some countries)

2. Counselling

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Travel Clinic

The Travel Clinic also provides counselling on various travel-related subjects like:

  • Personal safety
  • Water and food safety and related illnesses
  • Vector born disease and preventive measures
  • High altitude sickness and preventive measures

3. Medications required

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Travel Clinic

Depending on which country you are visiting overseas, the Travel Clinic can provide anti-Malaria drugs, diarrhea medications, medications needed for prevention of high-altitude sickness, Medications for motion sickness prevention, and more.

4. Diagnostic imaging and laboratory service

The Travel Clinic also provides diagnostic imaging and laboratory services if required.

Vaccines available

The following vaccines are available at the Travel Clinic:

  • Tetanus vaccine
  • Measles-Mumps-rubella (MMR)
  • Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (TdaP)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal vaccine
  • Typhoid
  • Haemophilus Influenza type B
  • Pneumococcal vaccine
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccine
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Yellow Fever

Please note that vaccines at the Travel Clinic are free for everyone, unless the required vaccine is highly specialized, e.g., Japanese Encephalitis.

Contact details

Timings: Monday - 12 pm - 3 pm; Wednesday to Thursday: 8 am - 11 am
Location: HMC Communicable Disease Centre, Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City, Doha - Qatar
Tel: +974 4025 4003 (for further information and to make an appointment call between 7 am - 7 pm)
E-mail: [email protected]

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