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Vaccinations for Traveling Internationally: What You Need to Know

Are you going to be traveling out of the country? If so, it is important to take your health into account before you leave. Many foreign countries have a high prevalence of diseases that can be easily prevented with the right vaccinations. HealthSmart Vaccines of Chantilly, VA, administers common vaccines for illnesses like influenza, but they also carry many travel vaccines for those who venture outside of the U.S.

If you are traveling to any of the following places, it is highly recommended that you receive vaccinations for certain diseases:

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  • Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa: Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid Fever, and Meningococcal Meningitis
  • Central America: Hepatitis A and B and Typhoid Fever
  • China: Hepatitis A and B
  • Greenland: Hepatitis A and B
  • India: Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, consider Japanese Encephalitis for travel to rural areas, planning an extended stay, and the time of year.
  • South America: Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid Fever, and Yellow Fever
  • South Asia: Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid Fever, Polio, and Japanese Encephalitis
  • South Pacific: Hepatitis A and B and Typhoid Fever

Don’t let this list scare you; traveling is a rewarding and exciting opportunity. But it’s very important to be prepared for any and all possibilities when it comes to your health. Millions of people every year travel the world and expose themselves to vaccine-preventable diseases. Those at the highest risk of contracting one of these diseases include adventure travelers, scuba divers, backcountry hikers, and people who stay in hostels. Do not make yourself susceptible to a preventable illness—get vaccinated today.

For more information on vaccine-preventable diseases, to make an appointment for vaccinations, or for information on travel insurance, call HealthSmart Vaccines in Chantilly, VA, at (703) 961-0733.

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Medical Care Items to take on Your Trip

Take enough of your everyday prescription medications plus a weeks worth in case of unexpected delays or diversions. Bottles must be properly and professionally labeled with the name of pharmacy, the med, your name and your doctor’s name. Hand carry the doctor’s written prescription which can be beneficial in the case of certain medications which could be confiscated in any country without identification. Especially true with controlled substances. If you require insulin, protect the vaccine potency by properly storing  it. Take enough syringes for your journey, never assume you will be able to buy sterile or even legitimate diabetic supplies overseas. If you have questions about taking injectable medications on a plane, the size containers and contents allowed, contact TSA via their web page www.tsa.gov   Don’t put all of your medication in one place. Split them up so you’ll have some in case a bag is temporarily lost. Pack an extra Epi-pen. Carry other prescription medications from your doctor such as anti-malaria tablets, travelers’ diarrhea antibiotics or altitude meds. Be extremely careful of purchasing medicine overseas. Standard prescription medication in the US may be over the counter in other countries but its difficult to know counterfeit from legitimate. Contents and strength may not be appropriate so its best to carry you own.

Depending on your destination and planned itinerary, you may need to pack a basic medical kit in your checked baggage.  This may include a variety of band-aids, gauze rolls, tape, pair of scissors, tweezers for removing splinters, a few disposable gloves, antiseptic for wound cleaning, “ace”wraps for sprains, saline eye drops, and a thermometer (especially if you travel with children). Over the counter medicines may include those for reducing a fever, pain relief, antacids, anti-diarrheals, stool softeners, motion-sickness medicine, sleep aids, oral re-hydration packets, hand sanitizer, decongestants/antihistamines, foot powder or anti-fungal cream, topical anti-itch preparation with 1% hydrocortisone for bites and stings, swimmers” ear drops, sunburn relief lotion just to name a few. Travel health supplies can be purchases in pharmacies, on-line or customized based on your destination, length of stay, access to medical assistance and plans for adventure! Travel healthy, travel smart!

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