When planning for a trip, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget important travel measures. One of those measures: vaccines.
“Patients who travel internationally may need to take special precautions to avoid getting ill, such as receiving additional vaccines,” says William B. Felegi, DO, FACEP, medical director, Travel MD®. “Patients traveling to the Caribbean, Europe and Australia generally do not need anything further other than current protection against routine disease found in the U.S.”
For travelers visiting regions outside of those areas, though, Dr. Felegi recommends talking to a health care provider with knowledge of travel medicine. Atlantic Corporate Health is making that easier for patients through the Travel MD® program, which aims to protect travelers through a variety of pretravel and consultative services. In addition to vaccines, travelers will receive advice on foods and drinks to avoid, medications to pack and other steps to take for a safe journey.
“Our services offer a team approach to the travel patient,” says Dr. Felegi, who is also medical director for the program. “Patients are given the time with a specially trained travel medicine physician to counsel them about their specific needs based on their individual itinerary. After meeting with the physician and receiving specific written recommendations, patients will meet with a nurse, be given additional travel information, and receive their vaccines, if possible, on the same visit.”