As emerging diseases, like Zika virus, become more prevalent, travelers’ health is getting more attention. To address this need, the Lincoln County Health Department is now offering free travel kits to county residents traveling to areas affected by Zika virus, and other mosquito borne illness. This program is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant.
Kits are a $25 value and include the following items:
- Insect Repellent
- Permethrin Spray
- Hand Sanitizer
Bed nets and larvacide are also available for travelers staying in remote areas where there is a higher risk for contracting mosquito borne illnesses (camping, staying where windows have no screens, etc.) Kits include information on vaccines and medications needed prior to travel, as well as, general health and safety tips.
“Checking your vaccine record months before travel is an important step in protecting your health on your next trip,” says Kristi Krombholz, Lincoln County Health Department Public Health Nurse. “Depending on where you are traveling, certain vaccines may be recommended or required.”
County residents traveling to areas with Zika virus and other mosquito borne illnesses are encouraged to stop by the Health Department to pick up a free kit. To see if you are at risk for mosquito borne illnesses on your next trip visit: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel. Please note; one kit will be issued per household. Supplies are limited.
To learn more about this program and travel health and safety, contact Kristi Krombholz, Lincoln County Health Department Public Health Nurse at 715-539-1376.