Your health is irreplaceable. Why take any risks when traveling to foreign countries? Preparation and prevention are essential to maintaining good health. America is one of the countries with successful vaccination and awareness of personal hygiene.For example, a mosquito bite in America may only be a minor inconvenience, but a bite in a foreign country may carry viruses or pathogens causing serious damage to your health.Dr. Lisa Kim, M.D. understands that staying healthy while overseas is a top priority and has years of experience as a practicing clinical physician.
Do your employees need to stay overseas for extended periods? Our staff can assist travelers and businesses with the necessary vaccinations and preparations including medical supplies. We can also arrange maintenance medications in quantities intended for long trips.
We have Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis A&B vaccines available in our office. Typhoid: Typhoid is a serious disease caused by bacteria called Salmonella Typhi. It causes a fever, headache, weakness, stomach aches, and rashes. If it goes untreated, it can kill up to 30% of people that contract it. People usually get Typhoid Fever from contaminated food or water, usually while traveling in foreign countries. In order to protect yourself from potential Typhoid infection, you can receive the Typhoid vaccine. The vaccine is available in two formats: a series of four pills given at least one week prior to travel abroad, or a single shot given at least two weeks before traveling.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis: These three conditions are all caused by bacteria.
Tetanus, also known as lockjaw causes painful muscle spasms all over the body. It is called lockjaw as it can cause individuals infected with it to clench their jaw muscles so that they cannot breathe or swallow. Tetanus enters the body through scrapes, cuts, and wounds. Tetanus kills up to twenty percent of people that become infected. Tetanus can be prevented by receiving either the Td or the Tdap vaccine.
Diphtheria causes a thick film to cover the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, or even death. It is transmitted from person to person through the air, but can be prevented with the Td or the Tdap vaccination.
Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, causes severe coughing, vomiting, and insomnia. It can cause pneumonia, weight loss, incontinence, or passing out. Pertussis is also passed from person to person through the air. It can be prevented by receiving the Tdap vaccine.
These three conditions used to be much more common in the United States. Vaccinations have decreased the incidence of these diseases significantly. Other areas of the world have higher incidences of Tetanus, Pertussis, and Diphtheria. If you are traveling you should be up to date on your vaccinations for Tetanus, Pertussis, and Diphtheria. The Td vaccination for Tetanus and Diphtheria is given as a booster shot once every ten years. A vaccination for Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is given only once as part of the Tdap vaccination.
For more information on Tetanus, Diphtheria, or Pertussis, visit the Center for Disease Control’s website:www.cdc.gov/vaccines
Medications Do you need a year-long supply of maintenance medications for conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes? Do you need other medications for a prolonged trip?We can arrange medications for your traveling group or team. Additional medications such as oral antibiotics, eye/ear antibiotics, skin antibiotics, Viagra, or allergy medications can also be arranged. Consulting medical doctor on duty.We welcome corporate accounts.