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The providers at Novant Health Infectious Disease Specialists – Winston-Salem are dedicated to preventing and treating communicable diseases present both at home and abroad. If you have an infection linked to a virus, fungus or bacteria, our team of providers will help diagnose your illness and determine the best treatment plan for you.

Our providers are also here for you before, during and after any overseas travel. Before your trip, you can schedule an appointment with us to review your itinerary and determine what vaccinations or other precautions should be taken before your travel. While you are abroad, you will have access to your care team both by phone and through MyChart. They can help you determine whether to seek care should you become sick, and will be aware of any medical problems that need to be handled upon your return. And if you do come home ill, or a sickness develops after you are home, your providers will be able to quickly address your illness.

Infectious diseases our providers regularly treat include:

  • Brain abscess
  • Cellulitis
  • Endocarditis
  • Fever of unknown origin
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • HIV/AIDS (human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
  • Meningitis/encephalitis (infections of the brain or spinal cord)
  • Antibiotic-resistant infections
  • Neutropenic fever
  • Osteomyelitis (infection of the bone)
  • Pneumonia
  • Septic arthritis
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Sinusitis (infection of the sinuses)
  • Tuberculosis (infectious bacterial disease infecting the lungs)
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Wound infections

Our travel medicine services include:

  • Collecting information about your health and your travel plans prior to your visit to our clinic
  • Administering required travel vaccines
  • Creating a personalized travel itinerary to advise you of health concerns including insect-borne and water-borne illnesses, as well as food and drink to avoid
  • Counseling on ways to acclimate to high altitudes
  • Informing you of health resources available at your destination
  • Filing your vaccination information with your insurance company, which is important should you need care during or after your trip
  • Access to travel medical advice during your trip, accessible by MyChart or calling our office
  • Care for medical concerns after your trip, including altitude sickness, extreme jet lag, motion sickness and traveler’s diarrhea

Common travel vaccines and medications we offer include:

  • Hepatitis A vaccine
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Japanese Encephalitis vaccine (call for availability)
  • Antimalarial medication
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Meningococcal vaccine
  • Pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccine
  • Polio vaccine
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Typhoid Fever vaccine
  • Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine
  • Yellow Fever vaccine (call for availability)
  • Antidiarrheal medication

It is important to schedule your travel medicine appointment as soon as your travel is planned. An appointment three to six months before travel allows us time to administer any vaccines that have to be given in two doses. Some vaccines take a few weeks to be effective.

Our providers see patients at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center as well as in our clinic, both after hospital discharge or for illnesses that do not require hospitalization.