Urgent Care for Travel Medicine
Whether you have been planning a personal trip for months or your employer wants you to take a last-minute trip overseas, planning ahead is important. Traveling to certain areas of the world increases the risk you will come into contact with infectious organisms that cause serious diseases. Getting the right vaccinations for travel can help you reduce your risk of contracting these diseases while you travel. If you don’t have your own doctor, or you are having a hard time scheduling an appointment with your doctor, contact us to schedule your vaccinations.
Routine vaccinations are those recommended for all children and adults regardless of their travel status. You should have these vaccinations before taking a trip. For children, the recommended routine vaccinations include hepatitis B, Tdap, polio, chickenpox, flu, hepatitis A, and rotavirus. Adults should be vaccinated against shingles, influenza, hepatitis A and B, tetanus, diphtheria, and polio.
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The vaccinations you will need for your trip depend on where you are traveling and whether you have any health conditions. For people traveling to Kenya, for example, the CDC recommends getting polio, hepatitis A, and typhoid vaccinations in addition to the routine vaccinations everyone should have. Some travelers may also need to be vaccinated against malaria, hepatitis B, rabies, meningitis, or yellow fever. The CDC does not recommend polio or typhoid vaccinations for people going to the United Kingdom.
If you need information about preventing illness while you travel, one of our physicians can give you travel medicine tips and recommend ways to reduce your risk for coming into contact with infectious organisms. In some countries, you need to pay special attention to food and water safety. Contaminated foods and beverages can cause travelers’ diarrhea, so be careful when planning your meals.
Eat pasteurized dairy products, hot foods, and hard-cooked eggs. If you peel and wash fruits and vegetables yourself, it is okay to eat them. Avoid runny eggs, raw fish and meats, unpasteurized dairy products, and food prepared by street vendors. Do not drink unpasteurized milk or water that comes from a well or a tap. Drinking sealed bottled water or water that has been disinfected can help you prevent serious illnesses while you travel.
You can also reduce your risk of catching an infectious disease by practicing good hygiene and limiting your exposure to germs. Avoid touching your face and eyes, especially if you have not washed your hands. Use soap and hot water to wash your hands before eating, after using the restroom, or after touching door knobs and other surfaces. Stay away from people who are coughing, sneezing, or displaying other signs of illness.
When you visit Physicians Now, you will be treated with respect in a clean, professional environment. If you are planning a trip, make an appointment to get needed vaccinations and discuss ways to reduce your risk for contracting infectious diseases. An experienced medical professional can help you stay healthy and enjoy traveling for business or leisure.