You may have heard of Montezuma’s Revenge, but that’s not the only illness you can contract while traveling. The expert providers at Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic in New Albany, Mississippi, offer travel medicine services including immunizations to help keep you and your family safe and healthy while you explore the world. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online for expert travel medicine advice and services.
Travel medicine combines preventive medical services with diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and diseases you could pick up while traveling. As with most medical conditions, prevention is easier than cure, and you can protect your family’s health by talking to one of the providers at Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic before you travel. They provide advice on any additional immunizations you might need as well as tips to reduce your risk of illness while you’re away.
While many dangerous illnesses have been eradicated in the United States, other countries still struggle with disease outbreaks, such as malaria, yellow fever, and hepatitis. You should consult a health care provider before you travel to reduce your risk of contracting diseases in other parts of the world. Your provider gives customized immunizations and advice based on destination and background.
Your need for additional vaccinations depends on where you are traveling and your medical history. Some common immunizations include malaria, hepatitis, yellow fever, and smallpox. Your Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic provider can suggest specific vaccinations during your pre-travel consultation.
The two most important things you can do to reduce your risk of sickness while traveling are practicing good hygiene and staying hydrated. In addition to washing your hands regularly and using antibacterial products, make sure you drink filtered water without ice, and avoid drinking directly from bottles or cans.
It’s also critical that you stay hydrated. You can start good habits at home and continue while you travel, making sure to drink plenty of water while you’re on an airplane. You can take reusable water bottles with built-in filters to increase the safety of water that you drink during your travels.
Also, make sure to use common sense while away from home. For example, take mosquito netting if you’re traveling to a country where your risk of malaria is higher.
Schedule your travel medicine appointment by calling Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic or booking online today.