Travel Medicine

PCA Travel Medicine Center operates at the West Salem Medical Center

PCA Travel Mecicine Center
1935 West Main St.
Salem, VA  24153
Phone (540) 302-0229   Fax (540) 389-9662

Pre-travel  consultation

Pre-travel  consultations are provided by our Travel Medicine specialist Dr. Charles Lamb. Dr. Lamb will make recommendations for  vaccines and prescriptions for each individual based on their medical history,  planned itinerary and style of travel, accommodations and dietary  adventurousness. Special consideration is given to length of travel and  specific destinations within a country.

Consultation  clients are given individualized travel-related health information and up-to-date detailed country-specific  travel risk information, guidelines for disease prevention (including insect  defense) and certificates of immunization (including Yellow Fever Vaccination  Certificate, if appropriate).

Vaccinations  are given right after the consultation, unless a different time is desired and prescriptions are provided for oral medicines.  Please see  our information on malaria prophylaxis, food and water precautions to prevent  traveler’s diarrhea, and altitude illness.

Phone consultation, prescriptions and vaccines are available prior to travel for patients of the clinic, if the new travel is within one year and the itinerary  is similar.

Non-consultation  vaccinations

Our  clinic also offers immunizations (travel and non-travel) for adults and  children with a prescription from another physician. If you require  vaccinations for travel, work, school or a Green Card but have no primary care  doctor, we can provide the specific vaccinations needed. You must provide an official  form, starting the vaccines required.


Vaccines routinely available:

Hemophilus Influenza B (Hib)

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

Combined Hepatitis A and B (Twinrix)

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

Influenza (for our travel patients  only)

Japanese Encephalitis (JE-Vax)

Meningococcal (Meningitis)

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

Pneumococcal (Pneumonia)

Rabies (pre and post exposure)

Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Tetanus-diphtheria (T-d)

Tetanus-diptheria-pertussis (Tdap)

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

Yellow Fever


Other products and  services:

Immune  globulin for temporary passive immunity


Routine  TB screening (PPD test) and certificate

Please  Note:  TB tests are administered on  Mondays and Tuesdays and read two days later.   Two visits to our office are required to receive documentation.


Special order:

Rabies immune globulin

other immune specific immune  globulins


Post  travel consultation with travel related illnesses

According to the CDC, 21% of international  travelers will experience a travel related illness. The majority of these  illnesses are related to an underlying medical condition or due to lack of  pre-travel preparation and careful adherence to safe travel practices. Our  pre-travel patients are encouraged to talk with their primary care provider  before seeking a post travel appointment and referral with our physicians.  Post-travel illness appointments are scheduled in our medical office.