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Vaccines prevent illness and death
Your health should not be taken for granted. If you are considering international travel, a critical part of planning your trip is to call Passport Health for help in protecting your health. The Centers for Disease Control recommends travelers receive specific vaccinations and medicine before traveling to many countries. There are preventable diseases that are endemic to other parts of the world that kill millions of people each year. Which travel vaccines you need depends on the international travel destination, whether the area is rural or not, the season of the year, your age, health status, and previous immunizations. You will also receive advice on dealing with outbreaks such as the swine flu. (www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu)
Travel Immunization Vaccines for all preventable diseases
International Travelers should verify their history of vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b, and pneumococcal invasive disease before traveling. If there are gaps, immunization should be obtained, whether or not international travel is planned. As one of the largest private vaccine purchasers, Passport Health provides affordable travel vaccines that doctor offices can not provide.
Comprehensive Travel Health Information
Passport Health's trained travel nurses prepare business and leisure travelers for international travel. We provide a comprehensive overview of travel health and safety procedures based on your destination, health history and any special considerations or needs. Many area physicians refer patients to Passport Health for services they don't provide. For example, many physicians do not stock yellow fever vaccine and are not certified to provide yellow fever vaccination.
International Travel Documents
Proper Immunization Documents: With us you'll receive an official immunization record to keep with your international travel documents, along with a customized travel health and travel information booklet. Each travel health booklet details the health risks and travel vaccine requirements for the specific countries on your itinerary, plus consular information, general travel advice and tips on avoiding travel health issues such as travelers' diarrhea and other maladies. With Passport Health, you will receive one-on-one counseling from a qualified travel health nurse.
Flu Vaccinations, Meningococcal Vaccinations
Passport Health also will also provide on-site Flu, Meningococcal and Gardasil® vaccinations for groups of 5 or more. Please call the number below or click here to obtain a flu clinic scheduling form.
Affordable Travel Vaccination
Contact us by phone at (817) 756-6562 or contact us via email at info@PassportHealthTexas.com. We look forward to hearing from you. Passport Health operates in over 130 locations in 30 states providing low-cost travel vaccinations and routine immunizations. For more information, please visit our Corporate web-site.
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More Information about Passport health:
Passport Health is the leading travel medicine provider. We want you to bring back memories and your health.
We pride ourselves on offering our clients a level of service not typically experienced in today's travel health care marketplace. Our offices are private, comfortable and conveniently located. We also provide on-site consulting and immunization services for groups of travelers with corporations, schools, missions and other organizations.
Travel Health Information
When you're planning to travel overseas, in addition to become apprised of weather conditions, exchange rates, and other financial considerations, you should also gather information about current health trends. Certain diseases are more likely to occur in different regions of the world, as well as during different times of the year. If you want to ensure that you're prepared with the most accurate travel health information, consider Passport Health for all your travel medicine needs.
International Travel is our Specialty
Although you may have come to know your regular physician over the years, based on our experience, we suggest you consult a medical professional who specializes in travel health if you are planning an overseas trip. Depending on the cities and countries that you will be visiting, we will recommend the appropriate vaccinations before you leave. The list of medication that you will need for countries may change over time, especially if there have been any recently reported cases disease.
Q. Can't I just go to my doctor for travel shots?
A. Yes, but unless your doctor happens to specialize in travel medicine, he or she will:
- Have to do extensive research to determine what vaccines and travel medication are needed.
- Probably not have the necessary documents to record your travel vaccines and probably won't have all the vaccines in stock.
- Have to charge you far more due to small vaccine purchases
Travel Health Counseling
With proper planning, you can minimize the chance that your trip will be ruined by a health problem. "We strive to provide the traveler with detailed, specific guidance for their entire trip." says Jill Dawson, R.N., Nurse Manager of Passport Health Texas. "We offer in-depth counseling on how to stay healthy during an international trip. Frequently, that's even more important than the immunizations we provide."
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Travel Vaccinations Required and Recommended Vary by Country
Depending on where you are traveling, you may be required to receive vaccinations prior to your trip. Each country has different travel vaccine requirements, so there is no universal list of travel vaccines. The travel vaccinations that you will need depend not only on the location of your trip, but also your personal medical history. For instance, yellow fever vaccination is a requirement for entry into many countries.
Vaccinations and travel medicine often require several doses prior to travel, so as soon as you know your itinerary, make an appointment with us to get your travel vaccinations in time to allow your immunity to build up prior to travel! For instance, Hepatitis B requires a booster after 30 days to increase immunity.
National Vaccine Company
Passport Health leverages the buying power of a national network of over 130 locations to secure the best prices on each vaccine. Passport Health provides all travel vaccines including the ones most Dr. offices don't stock such as yellow fever vaccine and Japanese Encephalitis vaccine.
Passport Health has locations throughout the continental United States and Puerto Rico. There are conveniently located offices in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Passport Health has tailored our services for corporations and groups who partake in international travel. Lost time due to unexpected illness or injury can seriously disrupt the schedule on any trip. Productivity is especially important when you're traveling. We have worked with everyone from corporations planning business travel such as opening satellite offices, to private church mission groups. We make sure our clients are prepared to avoid or deal with health issues they might encounter at their destination.
On-site Travel Vaccinations
Passport Health offers on-site services for many travel vaccines: Hepatitis A and B vaccine, Influenza vaccine, Meningococcal vaccine, Tetanus/diphtheria vaccine, MMR vaccine, Pneumonia vaccine and other vaccines. Travel vaccine programs are also available on-site for groups. Your company, school, mission or organization may want us to do on-site travel vaccinations. We can schedule your on-site vaccination clinic around a meeting or trip briefing to minimize any lost work-time. A group of at least five individuals traveling to the same destination qualifies for our on-site travel vaccine service. Passport Health will provide travel consultation, travel vaccination and prescriptions for needed medication such as for malaria prevention at your location for maximum convenience. There's no extra charge for on-site service.
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Below is some specific information on common diseases that Passport Health will help protect you against. If you are considering international travel, please consider your health:
Passport Health provides Travel Medicine and Travel Supplies to repel mosquitoes that may carry Malaria. Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. Each year 350-500 million cases of malaria occur worldwide, and over one million people die, most of them young children in sub-Saharan Africa. About 1,300 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States each year. The vast majority of cases in the United States are in travelers and immigrants returning from malaria-risk areas, many from sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent. This sometimes fatal disease can be prevented and cured. Bed nets, insecticides, and antimalarial drugs are effective tools to fight malaria in areas where it is transmitted. Travelers to a malaria risk area should avoid mosquito bites and take a preventive antimalarial drug.
Each Passport Health location is yellow fever certified by the State Department of Health. Yellow fever vaccination proof is required for entry to many countries such as India and Brazil. Yellow fever is a viral disease transmitted between humans by a mosquito. Most countries have regulations and requirements for yellow fever vaccination that must be met prior to entering the country. General precautions to avoid mosquito bites should be followed. Passport Health provides insect repellent, protective clothing, and mosquito netting to help avoid yellow fever infection. Yellow fever vaccine is a live virus vaccine which has been used for several decades. A single dose confers immunity lasting 10 years or more. If a person is at continued risk of yellow fever infection, a booster dose is needed every 10 years.
Typhoid Fever Vaccination
Typhoid fever is an acute, life-threatening febrile illness caused by the bacterium Salmonella enterica Typhi. An estimated 22 million cases of typhoid fever and 200,000 related deaths occur worldwide each year. Approximately 400 cases of typhoid fever, mostly among travelers, are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each year. CDC recommends it for travelers to areas where there is a recognized risk of exposure. Typhoid risk is greatest for travelers to the Indian Subcontinent and other developing countries in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Travelers who are visiting relatives or friends and who may be less likely to eat only safe foods (cooked and served hot) and beverages (carbonated beverages or those made from water that has been boiled) are at greater risk. Typhoid Vaccination is particularly recommended for those who will be traveling in smaller cities, villages, and rural areas off the usual tourist itineraries, where food and beverage choices may be more limited. Travelers have acquired typhoid fever even during brief visits of <1 week to countries where the disease is endemic.
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Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccination:
Diphtheria is an acute bacterial disease transmitted through respiratory droplets and personal contact. Diphtheria affects the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract (respiratory diphtheria), the skin (cutaneous diphtheria), and occasionally other sites (eyes, nose, or vagina). Diphtheria remains a serious disease throughout much of the world. In particular, large outbreaks of diphtheria occurred in the 1990s throughout Russia and the other former Soviet republics. Travelers to disease-endemic areas are at increased risk for exposure to toxigenic strains of C. diphtheriae. Areas with known endemic diphtheria include Africa, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti and Paraguay; Asia/South Pacific — Afghanistan, China, India, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam; Middle East — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen; Europe and other countries.
Tetanus is an acute disease characterized by muscle rigidity and painful spasms, often starting in the muscles of the jaw and neck. Severe tetanus can lead to respiratory failure and death. Tetanus disease is caused by a neurotoxin produced by anaerobic tetanus bacilli growing in contaminated wounds. Lesions that are considered "tetanus prone" are wounds contaminated with dirt, feces or saliva, deep wounds, burns, crush injuries or those with necrotic tissue. However, tetanus has also been associated with apparently clean superficial wounds, surgical procedures, insect bites, dental infections, chronic sores and infections, and intravenous drug use. Tetanus is a global health problem because C. tetani spores are ubiquitous. The disease occurs almost exclusively in persons who are inadequately immunized and can occur anywhere there are inadequately vaccinated persons.
Pertussis is a highly communicable respiratory illness characterized by prolonged paroxysmal coughing. Persons in all age groups can be infected. Complications and deaths from pertussis are most common among unvaccinated infants. B. pertussis circulation occurs worldwide. Pertussis Immunity from childhood vaccination, as well as from natural disease, wanes with time so adolescents and adults can become infected or re-infected. Pertussis cases are more frequent in parts of the world where vaccination levels are low.
Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person's spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. People sometimes refer to it as spinal meningitis. Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Knowing whether meningitis is caused by a virus or bacterium is important because the severity of illness and the treatment differ. Viral meningitis is generally less severe and resolves without specific treatment, while bacterial meningitis can be quite severe and may result in brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disability. Some forms of bacterial meningitis are contagious. The meningitis bacteria are spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions (i.e., coughing, kissing). Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as things like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. In recent years some countries have experienced large, periodic epidemics. Overseas travelers should check to see if meningococcal vaccine is recommended for their destination. Meningitis has been endemic in India recently.
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Call us at (817) 756-6562 or email us at info@PassportHealthTexas.com. We look forward to hearing from you. Passport Health operates in over 100 locations in 30 states. For more information, please visit our Corporate web-site.