Traveling This Summer? What About Your Medications and Vaccines?

As the weeks continue to unfold, it is very likely that summertime activities have emerged for you and your family. But even as you enjoy your time in the enticing weather and all that it can encompass during this portion of the year, planning your summer vacations, or making your remaining preparations for an upcoming trip could also be part of your thought process as it relates to the enjoyment of summer.

If this applies to you, or for your family, then there a number of details that must be addressed. All flight arrangements or vehicle reservations need to be finalized, while you will also need to ensure that all sleeping accommodations have been determined at the location that you are planning to visit. Your upcoming trip may also require someone to watch your house or apartment, particularly if you own any pets, or have any plants that need attention.

If your eventual landing place is far from home, then there are additional steps that should be taken. This should include making sure that you have considered all medications and vaccinations that will be needed during your journey. Not only should this be a significant part of your planning process, but it should be completed well before your departure date.

Travel Medicine Management

When you are working on this aspect of the planning process for your vacation, it can be extremely helpful for you to consult with a Travel Medicine specialist in advance of your trip. This is critical toward ensuring that you are immunized with all vaccinations that will be necessary in order for you to function safely once you have arrived at your destination.

Completing the immunization process prior to your vacation will protect you from illnesses that you might otherwise encounter when you visit other areas of the world. Some of these conditions can be serious in nature and the process of shielding yourself from these potential problems is crucial.

Some vaccinations are required, which means that it is mandatory for you and your family actually to have them before you will be allowed entry into certain countries. Other vaccinations are considered routine, which refers to immunizations that are advised based on the health conditions of certain individuals. Other immunizations are neither required or routine but are still recommended by the U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) if you will be traveling.

But in each case, it is important to know that the vaccination itself will not place you at risk of contracting any disease. All bacteria that is contained within the immunizations will be either extremely weak or completely dead. As a result, the antibodies in your system will react to protect you if you become exposed to the disease itself during your vacation.

Consulting a Travel Medicine specialist will also ensure that your preparations regarding all necessary medications will be managed effectively. It is essential that this appointment for the necessary vaccines and medicine should occur at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to your departure.

Other Important Steps

In addition to seeking the expertise of a Travel Medicine specialist, it will also be beneficial for you to research the latest news and events in the area that you will be visiting in order to make sure that there are no emerging health concerns that have developed in that region. This remains critical even if you are familiar with the area that you will be visiting because new information and sudden health risks can arise at any time.

Continually monitoring the area that you will be visiting also includes being knowledgeable of any travel alerts or travel warnings that might exist in that region. There are currently outbreaks in several popular destinations for travelers, and it is wise to make sure that the area in which you will be visiting is not included on the list of locations that all have an existing alert.

You should also remember to have your health insurance card with you, while also making sure to pack a health kit that is specific to your travel needs. This should include any necessary prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. along with first aid supplies.

This kit can also contain items such as anti-inflammatory drugs, medication for motion sickness, anti-diarrhea medication, antiseptic cream, medicine that counteracts an upset stomach, and bandages. These items become even more useful if you will be traveling in areas that include rural environments during your trip.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center, We Can Help

Fortunately, we are available to assist you with your immunizations and medicines through our travel medicine management here at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. It is important to follow the recommendation that was discussed previously by visiting us at least 4-6 weeks in advance of your vacation. We will combine our expertise and the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure that you are equipped with all vital medication and supplies that you will need.

If you are planning the trip that you been imagining for years, or are preparing to experience an exciting journey to a foreign country for any reason, we can present you with the complete travel medicine management that you need before you leave. Do not allow a preventable problem to ruin your vacation!

Below you will find a comprehensive list of the supplies, vaccinations, and medications that we can provide, along with the knowledge we can deliver to you. You can also you can visit us 7 days a week, and we will help you organize and experience a remarkable vacation.

CONSULTING & SUPPLIES

  • Adoption Services
  • CDC Information
  • Country Specific Management
  • Government Relocation
  • Missionary Travel Medicine
  • Study Abroad Programs
  • Travel Supplies

VACCINES

  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Meningococcal
  • MMR
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Tdap
  • Typhoid
  • Varicella
  • Yellow Fever
  • Zostavax (Shingles)

MEDICATIONS

  • Ambien
  • Cipro
  • Malaria Prevention
  • Melatonic
  • Permethrin
  • Scopolamine Patch
  • Traveler’s Diarrhea Prevention
  • Xanax
  • Zofran

Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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