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Specialized Care

Prevention and treatment solutions for challenging infections.

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Infectious Diseases offers specialized care for patients with infections that are difficult to diagnose or don’t respond to treatment, as well as diseases such as HIV, hepatitis and malaria. We also provide travel medicine services to help you lower your risk of contracting infectious diseases in areas of the world you plan to visit.

Conditions Treated

  • Bloodstream and heart valve infections 
  • Bone and joint infections 
  • Brain and spine infections
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Kidney and urinary tract infections
  • Lung infections
  • Lyme disease
  • MRSA
  • Skin and soft tissue infections
  • Travel-related diseases
  • West Nile virus
  • Wound infections

Treatments

We offer vaccinations and other preventive medications to help reduce your risk of contracting infections to which you may be exposed during domestic and international travel.

Careful planning is the best way to stay healthy on your trip. Check with us several months in advance if you are traveling to another country so we can schedule appropriate vaccines. Depending on your destination, we may recommend vaccines or medications to protect you from:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Yellow fever
  • Influenza and/or pneumococcal vaccine
  • Typhoid fever
  • If childhood immunizations are not up-to-date: polio, diphtheria, measles, mumps, whooping cough, rubella
  • Rabies, if you may be handling or near animals in parts of the world where rabies is common
  • Cholera
  • Malaria

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization offer current information on travel health risks. 

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