nt patients from contracting such illnesses while far from home. Board-certified infectious disease physicians understand who is at risk and pay close attention to disease outbreaks worldwide, in order to help their patients stay healthy. Patients referred to the clinic include those going on every kind of vacation, business travelers, Peace Corps volunteers, missionaries who travel regularly, naturalized citizens visiting their homelands and others. Recently, the clinic cared for a pediatrician who was headed to Haiti to provide medical help.
“We closely monitor where specific risks and epidemics are occurring – information that literally changes from week to week. Data is gathered from government agencies, a subscription service for travel medicine and infectious disease professional literature,” said Dee.
Based upon that continuously updated information, Travelers Clinic physicians assess what each patient needs for vaccinations, preventive medications, and activity cautions. The doctor reviews the planned itinerary with the patient, discusses chronic conditions and medications being taken, makes recommendations, as well as administers immunizations and prescriptions.
Preventive treatment is based upon medical history and outbreak concerns related to the patient’s travel plans. Dengue, for example, an infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes, is the most common febrile illness in travelers returning from the Caribbean. It also occurs in Southeast Asia and the Philippines. Such seemingly exotic illnesses are brought home. To help with protection, the Travelers Clinic advises patients on effective mosquito-bite preventive techniques.
Many travelers head to areas endangered by malaria, such as Mexico, Central and South America, Africa, India and Southeast Asia. Oral medication can protect them, but strains of malaria in certain areas have become drug-resistant. “Our expertise and updated resourc
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