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Bad Flu Season Ahead?

The problem is, the U.S. may be in for a bad season. Experts usually look to the southern hemisphere’s flu season to predict what might happen in America. And things weren't looking good down under.

According to Australia’s Immunization Coalition, as of late September, Australia has already recorded more than 168,337 influenza cases, compared to 91,000 in 2016 and 100,000 in 2015.

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Protection from Shingles

A case of shingles is a pain. Quite literally. Shingles causes a painful rash that may appear as blisters on one side of the face or body that can last for days or weeks. One-third of people who have had chicken pox (which is 99% of Americans) will get shingles. Read more

Medical Services

International Travel Vaccine Clinic
Travel Smart. Get Vaccinated.

“No matter where you are traveling, the Travel Clinic will have appropriate vaccines and expertise.”
— Rohit Modak, MD

Do you need vaccinations for a trip abroad? Are you planning an adventure to an exotic destination? As part of your preparations, you’ll want to make an appointment to visit the Travel Clinic at Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group — Infectious Diseases. The experienced medical professionals on the Travel Clinic staff provide pre-travel counseling and immunizations so you can enjoy your trip with peace of mind.

As part of your pre-travel counseling session, the Travel Clinic staff will make sure you’re up to date on routine vaccines, such as polio, tetanus and MMR, and advise you on what vaccines you will need to have for your specific itinerary and destination. Recommendations for vaccines are based on guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At your consultation, we will review your health history, assess your health risks and determine what vaccinations you’ll need. The staff also will ask about planned activities for your trip. Those activities help the Travel Clinic staff advise you on how to stay healthy during your trip, including recommended medications and preventive care measures.

Typical travel vaccines may include:

The Travel Clinic has the expertise you need to make it a safe and healthy trip. Immunizations are most effective when administered four to six weeks before traveling. If your departure date is sooner, please call. Urgent appointments can be accommodated. The protection will still be beneficial. To make an appointment with the Travel Clinic, CLICK HERE

Have a Great Summer Vacation!

Are you up-to-date on routine vaccinations as well as those you will need for your specific destination?

There is currently an upswing in measles cases in Europe and in the U.S. Malaria is a concern in South Africa.

The Zika Virus is active in Central and South America.

For comprehensive information about vaccines, travel advisories and how to stay healthy during your trip, visit wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

Contact Info

Infectious Diseases

  • Phone: 703.DIAL.VHC
  • Fax: 703.717.7852
  • Address:
    1715 N George Mason Dr.
    Suite 305
    Arlington, VA 22205
  • Hours:
    Mon-Fri, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Website

Medical Staff

Rohit Modak, MD
Jennifer Primeggia, MD
Ian Seemungal, MD

1701 N. George Mason Drive | Arlington, VA 22205-3698 | tel 703.558.5000
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