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Gundersen Lutheran Health System offers special clinic for global travelers

A flu epidemic is raging across much of the country as Metro Lutheran goes to press. In Southern Minnesota, hospital executives have asked people to restrict their visits to hospitalized individuals to emergencies. With a bug in the air, people planning travel may wonder what to do to protect themselves and those they are visiting.

The Gundersen Lutheran Health System, headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is meeting this need through its innovative online Travel Clinic, available at www.gundluth.org. The website states, “You’ve planned the trip of lifetime. Don’t let your trip get ruined by illness. There are steps you can take to help prevent getting sick on your trip. Gundersen Lutheran’s Travel Clinic can provide the proper medical preparation.”

While the website offers significant interactive opportunities on issues such as dehydration, diarrhea, and toxins, readers are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their doctor if traveling to Africa, Asia, Central America, South America, or Eastern Europe. Travelers should plan an appointment for six to eight weeks before departure.

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