Can you believe Spring Break is right around the corner? While you’re prepping to travel by finding a dog sitter and alerting the post office, we’re here to make sure the kids are healthy and ready to go.
At The Youth Clinic, we offer Travel Clinics to make sure you and your family enjoy your vacation. Travel vaccinations are an essential part of holiday planning, especially if you’re heading to an exotic destination or somewhere “off the beaten path.” The risks of travel emergencies are not restricted to tropical travel even though many travel vaccines are targeted towards diseases that are more common in the tropics.
What services does The Youth Clinic Travel Clinic provide?
- Comprehensive & individualized assessment of travel itinerary and health history
- Any necessary travel immunizations and prophylaxis
- This includes: Hepatitis A, TdaP and Malaria
- Relevant information about travel illnesses
- Advice on food and water safety
- Completion of any required travel paperwork related to health and immunizations
- Customized Travel Handbook and Travel Kit
It’s important to note that different countries have different health risks and may require specific vaccines. Be sure to let us know where you are traveling so we can plan accordingly.
When should I schedule my Travel Clinic appointment?
Now is the perfect time to schedule your Travel Clinic appointment! We recommended getting the kids in at least six weeks prior to travel to ensure proper spacing of required travel immunizations. Even if you are leaving in less than four weeks, call us to schedule a Travel Clinic appointment since your child will still benefit.
Some tips to keep in mind to keep your family healthy and safe while traveling:
- Be mindful of what you eat and drink
- Stick to fully cooked foods that are served hot. This includes fruits and vegetables, unless you can wash them in clean water yourself
- Eat and drink only pasteurized dairy products
- Stick to bottled drinks that have unbroken seals
- Always ask for drinks without ice
- Use insect repellent!
- In malaria risk areas, sleep in an air conditioned or screened room or under a bed net
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Do not touch animals such as monkeys, stray dogs and birds
For more information on our Travel Clinic click here and to schedule your appointment call 970-267-9510.
*Source: Center for Disease Control