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Travel Advice

How to stay healthy while traveling abroad:

  1. Consult the CDC travel Web site to see if your destination requires specific immunizations or medications such as malaria prophylaxis:

  2. You can consult your child’s portal account here, to see what immunizations have previously been given; if you are unsure if your child is up to date on needed travel vaccines, just send us a portal message.

  3. Travel vaccines:  VP can administer meningitis, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A and B vaccines as needed.  Rabies and yellow fever vaccines need to be administered at the Westport-Weston Health Department, found here:  Typhoid vaccine comes in two forms, injection (lasts 2 years, given to ages 2 and older) and oral (lasts 5 years, given to ages 5 and older.)

  4. If your travel requires the oral typhoid vaccinemalaria prophylaxis, and/or antibiotics for treatment of travelers diarrhea, we ask that you call to make a “travel appointment”  for us to discuss various options as well as safety precautions.  Please make sure you know of the exact itinerary for your child, as many recommendations are made based on whether you are traveling to a rural area or city.

  5. With the spread of mosquito borne illnesses such as Zika , Dengue  and Chikunguna , we recommend avoiding being outside during dawn and dusk if mosquitos are present.  The best mosquito repellents contain DEET, picardin or IR3535, see here for an overview on which to choose and how to apply: These products can be used on infants and children, but your best bet is to dress them in long, light weight outfits and apply the repellent to their clothing. Avoid areas such as hands that might be sucked on.

  6. Pack a travel medicine kit:  it should contain first aid ointment and bandages, 1% hydrocortisone cream for insect bites and allergic rashes, benadryl, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, digital thermometer, and medication measuring device (syringe or cup.)   If your child has a history of wheezing, you might consider taking a spacer with inhalers along (easier to carry than a nebulizer, and just as effective- make an appointment for us to show you how to properly dose and administer.)

  7. If you are traveling to an area with a questionable water supply, be careful about what you eat and drink.  Avoid unbottled water or ice, flavored ice pops, unpasteurized dairy products, street vendor products, and unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables, including salads.

Here is a terrific overview on travel health and safety: