Why Should I Use A Passport Health Travel Medicine Specialist? Click to see this video’s transcript Vaccinations are a crucial part of the pre-travel process. However, planning for a safe and successful vacation involves more than receiving all of the required and recommended immunizations and medications. You also need to make sure you have proper eating and drinking strategies in place, know how to prevent insect-borne disease, have proper sun protection, have packed the right items in your travel first aid kit, and are prepared for any tricky situations that may arise overseas. Travel preparation can be complicated if you try to go about it on your own, but Passport Health makes the process simple for you. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and proper pre-travel measures mean more time to relax and enjoy yourself overseas. Passport Health’s travel health specialists provide all the tips and trusted pre-travel advice you need to have a safe, healthy, and fun vacation. ♪ [music] ♪ Even though vaccines against typhoid, fever and hepatitis A provide crucial protection against diseases commonly spread through contaminated food, remember, improperly cooked food can host parasites and bacteria that can leave you ill. So, be sure to eat only well-cooked food, avoid anything raw, especially shellfish. Don’t eat unpasteurized dairy products, and don’t eat raw fruits and vegetables unless you have peeled them yourself. Unclean water is also a concern in many countries, and pre-travel vaccines can’t protect against the full range of bacteria you may encounter in areas with poor sanitation. Therefore, bring a water purification kit, or drink only sealed, bottled water from a reputable brand. Be sure to boil any water for at least three minutes before drinking it, and avoid ice in your beverages. Remember, that’s water too. Remember your hand sanitizer for areas where sinks and clean water may not be available. ♪ [music] ♪ Travel will expose you to a range of unfamiliar diseases, several of which do not have a vaccine. Many of these diseases, however, are carried by mosquitoes, and you can protect your skin and your health with proper mosquito prevention. Sleep under mosquito netting at night, wear long sleeves and pants if at all possible, use plenty of DEET-containing mosquito repellent, and treat clothes and mosquito netting with permethrin. ♪ [music] ♪ Finally, travel involves a range of packing considerations. You should take the culture, politics, and geography of your destination into account before you begin to fill your suitcase. This is yet another area in which Passport Health’s experienced staff can help you. Our travel medicine specialists will even advise you about what country-specific gear to pack. Modest clothes, sandals or hiking shoes, sunscreen or rain gear, as appropriate. Remember, a successful trip starts with a Passport Health pre-travel consultation. Call 1-888-499-7277, or visit passporthealthusa.com to find the Passport Health clinic nearest to you. Billions of Considerations, Even for Just One Destination! With 270+ travel clinics nationwide, Passport Health is your local leading provider of travel vaccinations and medications. To find out what’s right for you, visit your local Travel Medicine Specialist before you go. A Travel Health Specialist takes the complexity out of your pre-travel planning by asking all the right questions: What is your destination? Are you taking a direct flight from the US? Does your route include stops in other countries? How long are your layovers? Will you be leaving the airport during your layover? Do you have side trips to other countries planned? What are the entry requirements for the countries on your itinerary? Visa Permits to visit certain areas Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate Meningitis Vaccine Are there health advisories currently in effect for any countries on your route? Are you aware of travel personal safety issues? Avoid pickpockets Avoid petty crime and theft What is the purpose of your trip? Business Leisure Adventure Tourism Humanitarian Aid Work Where are you staying? Hotel Campsite Hostel Local village What are your sleeping arrangements? Indoors with air conditioning Indoors with open windows Outside What activities do you have planned? Business meetings Shopping in the city Sitting on the beach Visiting museums Culinary Tourism Hiking Safari Rafting Camping Humanitarian Aid What are your eating and drinking plans? Nothing but boiled food and bottled water Only eat in 5 star restaurants Discover local bars and cafes Eat from street vendors Eat like a local Are you staying in the country for more than 30 days? How old are you? Are you pregnant? Are you traveling with children? Are you being treated for any medical conditions? Do you have immune system deficiencies? Do you have respiratory problems? What is your vaccination record? Up-to-date on all vaccines Need adult boosters Frequent traveler – Received travel vaccines in the past Never left the country – Never received travel vaccines before When are you departing? When are you returning? Did you buy travel health insurance? With this information, a Travel Health Specialist is able to tell you which vaccines, medications, and supplies YOU need: Which vaccines do I need? Anthrax Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Influenza Japanese Encephalitis MMR Meningitis Pneumonia Polio Rabies Shingles Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis Typhoid Varicella Yellow Fever Which medications do I need? Traveler’s Diarrhea medications Azithromycin Loperamide Probiotics Malaria medications Chloroquine Mefloquine Atovaquone & Proguanil Doxycycline Altitude medications Acetazolamide Scopace Others Tamiflu Epi Pen What Travel Supplies do I need? First aid Kit Antibiotic Ointment Hydrocortisone Cream Alcohol wipes Bandages Single Use Thermometer Gauze Hand Sanitizer Mosquito Protection Permethrin Insect Repellent External Analgesic Mosquito Netting Sunscreen Ceralyte Adaptor Money Holder Water Filtration Kit Travel Compression Socks Don’t leave your health to chance! Schedule a visit with a Passport Health Travel Medicine Specialist today.