The Traveler's Resource

Medical Clinic Offers Protection against Common Travel-Related Ailments

Are you planning a trip abroad to areas such as South America, Africa, Europe or Asia? Whether traveling on a relief group, church group or simply for leisure, The Traveler's Resource at Clara Maass Medical Center can help. Led by Medical Director Edward Johnson, MD, Internist and Infectious Disease Specialist, The Traveler's Resource at Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) provides full travel medicine services, including comprehensive health care information, immunizations and preventative medications and assessment for the national and international traveler.

The Traveler's Resource, a certified yellow fever vaccination center, specializes in pre-travel consultations for travelers to learn the necessary recommended vaccinations based upon current health condition, travel destination and anticipated activities while traveling.

Provides education and immunizations and prevention strategies for:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Meningococcal
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Diptheria/ Tetanus
  • MMR
  • How to get medical care abroad
  • How to get insurance for transport home need-be

Dr. Johnson and The Traveler's Resource staff also provide travelers with counseling for healthy and safe travel, as well as treating conditions such as traveler's diarrhea occurring while abroad or upon return.

Medical Team

Maryellen Marek, MLT (ASCP), MS, BSN, RN CIC
Director of Infection Control and Prevention at CMMC
Donald J Beggs, MD
Infectious Disease physician
Roger W Cooper, Jr., MD
Wayne J Caputo, DPM, Podiatrist
(for input concerning special podiatric issues - for trekkers)

Experience Matters
The Traveler's Resource staff, as a whole, has more than 40 years of experience in travel medicine and is certified by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Other Helpful Travel Tips:

  • When planning to travel, it is important to visit a doctor four to six weeks before your departure.
  • Learning how to prevent mosquito and tick bites is vital to preventing various vector bone diseases.
  • Only eat food that has been cooked or that you can peel yourself.
  • Avoid raw or uncooked foods or any kind of unpasteurized dairy products.
  • Only drink bottled water.
  • Use bottled water when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid ice.
  • Pack a travel First Aid kit with over-the-counter products from home.
  • If you are traveling to a country with an increased risk of malaria, be sure to receive any preventative medications prior to your trip.
  • Avoid any water activities in freshwater lakes and streams.
  • When traveling to countries with an increased risk of disease transmitted by mosquitoes, be sure to protect yourself with bednets, insect repellents, and special clothing.
  • Be sure to refill all prescription medications to last the entire duration of your trip.

The Traveler's Resource is located at Clara Maass Medical Center in the Continuing Care Building, 1st floor, room 111.

For more information on The Traveler's Resource at Clara Maass Medical Center or to make an appointment with Dr. Johnson or the staff, please call 973.450.2209.