Health Information for International Travel from the WHO and CDC
If you're planning to go abroad and do not want to take any chances, Passport Health Miami will provide you with all the health information that you need, as we gather health information for international travel from respected organizations that include the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control. Furthermore, we'll tell you what medications are required for international travel to certain countries, and can also advise on past health trends in the country.
In addition to providing you with health information, Passport Health's medical professionals are also able to give you any vaccinations or medications that you might need. You'll also receive medical documentation that may be necessary, including vaccination records.
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If you or your child are planning to study abroad for a semester or a year, there is a considerable amount of planning that you will have to do. In addition to taking care of academic paperwork - such as ensuring that your credits can be transferred from one institution to the next and that you'll be able to register for the classes that you want to take - you should also gather health information about the country. In addition to informing yourself about the country where you will be studying, you should gather as much health information as possible about any other countries you may visit while you are abroad. Depending on your health insurance plan, you may be able to purchase medication or see a doctor overseas. Many health insurance plans have a fairly restrictive network of international providers, however. If possible, you should receive necessary medical treatments prior to your international travel.
In the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, we offer on site immunization clinics for Meningitis (now recommended by the American College Health Association), Hepatitis B (mandatory for any allied health program) and flu clinics for the college community. We are also available to come on campus to brief faculty and students prior to international travel and study abroad programs. Because of our nationwide buying power, our vaccine prices are often well below the market.
Many colleges and universities have now taken a more proactive role in light of the current recommendation by the American College Health Association (ACHA) about meningitis vaccination. ACHA has recommended that all colleges provide information about the vaccine to students and parents as well as access to the vaccine for those students who wish to be vaccinated.
Consider these statistics:
- 33 outbreaks occurred from 1992 through 1996, compared with only 13 occurring from 1980 through 1991.
- Over half of these outbreaks occurred in schools, universities, or other organization-based settings
- College campuses have a greater risk of outbreaks than the general population, because of the prevalence of risk factors, such as concurrent upper respiratory infections, passive and active smoking, bar patronage, and excessive alcohol consumption.
Our custom service has enhanced institutional awareness and averted possible campus catastrophes. Just last year one of our affiliates was called into a university to vaccinate students after a star lacrosse player died when he contracted meningitis. The university, in an effort to quell negative press, vaccinated all concerned student at great expense to the institution.
A powerful educational video regarding the dangers of meningococcal disease and the importance of prevention is posted on National Meningitis Association's website. Click here to see the stories of meningococcal disease survivors and families affected by the disease.
We would be happy to furnish additional information, posters, flyers and letters to parents/students. Please call us at 817-756-6562 so that we can further discuss our services and how we might work together for the well-being of our community.