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Travel Safe – Get Vaccinated!


Better Safe than Sorry – Get Immunized before Travelling
Whether you are planning any personal trip for several months or you have been required by your employer to make a trip overseas, it is necessary that you will take time planning ahead of time. As you travel to different parts of the world, you are in greater risk to have a close contact with any infectious organisms that may cause any serious diseases. Due to this, it is necessary that you will have the right vaccinations prior to traveling to reduce the risk of acquiring any of the dangerous diseases overseas. If your scheduled travel is near and you find it difficult to set an appointment with your doctor, then do not hesitate to call us for vaccinations.


Routinely Vaccinations

Routine vaccinations are recommended for both children and adults no matter what their status for traveling is. Prior to any trip, children should have routine vaccinations for DTaP, chickenpox, hepatitis A and B, polio and rotavirus. On the other hand, adults must have vaccinations for influenza, shingles, hepatitis A and B, polio, tetanus and diphtheria.

Vaccination Before Planning a Trip

Certain vaccinations that you should get generally depend on the places where you are traveling to, regardless of whatever health conditions you have. Those wanting to travel to Kenya needs to have vaccinations for typhoid, hepatitis and polio. Other travelers may be required to get vaccinations for hepatitis B, rabies, malaria, yellow fever and meningitis. These are the usual requirements by the CDC. However, those travelling to the UK are not required by the CDC to get vaccinations for both typhoid and polio.

Medicines When Traveling

Traveling may put a high risk on your health condition. If you are one of those smart and careful travelers who want to make sure that you can prevent acquiring any serious illnesses while overseas, you can talk to any of our physicians here in Southwest Urgent Care & Family Practice. They can give you helpful medicine tips and also recommend ways on how to reduce the risk of having any contact with infectious organisms.

Going to several countries may require you to pay attention with the water and food you intake. Travelers who would accidentally take contaminated beverages and food may end up suffering from diarrhea, which means you must be really careful with what meals you eat.

It is recommended that you eat hot foods, pasteurized dairy food as well as hard-cooked eggs instead of raw ones and also those prepared on the streets. You can eat vegetables and fruits that you have washed and peeled yourself. However, don’t drink tap water and unpasteurized milk. It is recommended that you drink sealed beverages to avoid any serious illnesses whenever you travel.

Also, make sure that you practice good hygiene at all times to limit your exposure to bacteria and germs. Stay away from people sneezing, coughing or those displaying signs of any illnesses.

Traveling Safely

Southwest Urgent Care & Family Practice treats each patient with complete respect within a professionally clean environment. If you are about to travel, set an appointment to get necessary vaccinations and get to know more ways on reducing the risks of contracting any infectious diseases. This way, you can stay healthy throughout your leisure or business trip and enjoy it.

We are located just 2 miles away from the galleria mall in Southwest Houston close to US 59 and Chimney Rock Rd. For more information – call us today at (713)-640-5754