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Travel Tips

We want your trip to be the best yet. Here are some travel tips we’ve gathered over the years.

  • Get vaccinated at least ONE month prior to travel. Depending on the vaccine, it may take your immune system 2 or 3 weeks to achieve maximum immunity.
  • Carry first aid supplies and all medications in your carry on luggage, not your checked baggage.
  • Contact your health insurance plan and determine health coverage outside the United States. Most policies do not cover international travel.
  • Purchase travel and evacuation insurance. Medical evacuation may cost in excess of $5,000 and difficult to arrange. Evacuation insurers have the resourses to manage the process for you.
  • Be prepared to self manage travelers diarrhea by packing the medications to relieve this distressing event. Consult with your travel health professional or family physician for a recommended list of medications.
  • If traveling to a malaria zone, carry insect repellent, protective clothing and sleep under mosquitoe netting. Consultant with your travel health professional or physician about use of an antimalarial.
  • At this time malaria is NOT a vaccine preventable infection. Avoid contact with animals, especially in rural areas.

 

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Flu Season

Getting a slow start to “flu season”…not entirely unusual…. as we saw in 2013, CDC reported an alarming rise in cases of the flu. The actual map of surveillance can be seen on the CDC website. It is never too late to get your flu shot. Especially true for new parents; newborns have little immunity and can be extraordinarily vulnerable to complications of the flu. Also, if you live with an immunocompromised person, if you care for children, elderly or ill people, its important to protect yourself AND them from the flu virus. Air, land and sea travelers have constant exposure to all virus’, especially the seasonal flu! The pesky virus is spread via droplets from the respiratory system of the infected person by coughing, sneezing, into the air, on to their hands and other surfaces within 5-6 feet of another individual. The virus affects the next victim, you, within 1-4 days! Next thing YOU know, you have sudden aches and pains all over, maybe a fever, a dry cough, sore throat and just want to crawl into a corner for a couple of days of sleep!

Pneumonia, a complication from having the flu, can be potentially deadly for the medically fragile population such as those who live with chronic disease that are still in the work force, surgical patients, cardiac and respiratory compromised persons, the elderly, diabetics, infants and children, just to name a few. Whether these folks are readily identified or not, its a good idea to protect ourselves and those around us. Its affordable, available, safe and highly recommended! Contact us at www.HealthSmartVaccines.com and get your flu shot. If you already have, well, thanks for protecting us both!

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