Among the dangers of world travel are the unique diseases that you won’t likely encounter in your town or even the United States for that matter. Being struck down by illness, whether short-term misery or life-threatening, may become a nightmare in a country whose medical standards are much lower than you’ll find back home. Travel medicine is a branch that specializes in diseases, ailments and injuries that may be acquired during travel and how to be protected from them.
To adequately protect our patients from potential assaults on their health in other parts of the world, we at Salerno Medical Associates believe it all starts with education and communication.
Important to Know: Where Are You Going?
—Do you know what kinds of diseases are prevalent in countries where you travel and how they are transmitted, such as through drinking water, food or human contact?
— Do you know precautions you should take regarding weather, insects and even personal hygiene?
—Do you know which diseases are rare in your own country and therefore more likely to compromise your immune system?
—Do you have a condition, such as diabetes, kidney disease or rheumatoid arthritis, where special accommodations might be required during travel?
—Where are you going? Far East Asia and Africa, for example, have different health threats. Some Third World nations have diseases that are endemic or peculiar to their country, region or locality and serums and medications to protect against them may not be readily available here.
—We can help you to achieve safe and healthy travels.—
Our travel medicines focus on immunizations for travel and preventative services, including Hepatitis A and B, yellow fever and malaria. Other known targets of travel medicine are meningococcal meningitis, rabies, tetanus, diphtheria and tuberculosis.
First of all, immunizations, preventative medications, and general precautions should be considered well before trips to different parts of the world. In fact, travel medicines usually need to be taken more than four weeks in advance of travel.
We can also advise prescription and over-the-counter drugs you might want to take with you, such as an emergency pack of antibiotics or something for traveler’s diarrhea, which can be debilitating.
We are thoroughly qualified and authorized by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S.) as civil surgeons who can do medical exams of Green Card applicants and immunize, prescribe and do blood work for them.
International travel and health vaccination requirements and travel healthadvice are available through the World Health Organization (WHO). They include the following:
—Guide on Safe Food for Travelers
—International Certificates of Vaccination
—International Health Regulations
—International Medical Guide for Ships
—International Travel and Health
—Ports Designated in Application of the International Health Regulations
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