Personal Stories from Families Affected by Influenza
Flu shots and FluMist are still available at all Passport Health Locations. To learn more about the flu go to our Influenza information page.
• Get advice from a travel health professional. Four to six weeks before departure, consult a travel medicine specialist for the most up-to-date immunization and safety recommendations. These professionals can answer your questions and prepare you for a safe and healthy trip.All these cautions could easily cause you to opt to stay at home under your covers. Remember, you can get hurt or sick here, too, so hit the road and enjoy what the world has to offer. With a little preparation and a visit to a travel health specialist, you’ll be fine and have some amazing memories, too.
• Protect your feet with some kind of footwear — even on the beach.
• Drink only bottled or purified water. Don’t use tap water when brushing your teeth, and always inspect the seal on bottled water.
• Eat only well-cooked foods; avoid salads, uncooked vegetables, creamy desserts and food sold by street vendors. Though it may taste good, you will regret your decision when you are spending the rest of your trip in the hotel restroom.
• Take a basic first-aid kit. Include medications for pain relief, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, topical preparations for minor skin wounds and infections, and medications for allergic reactions.
• Liquid hand sanitizers. The little bottles that can get through security can give you peace of mind when using well-used restrooms. Should you wipe the seat divider on the plane? Absolutely, and other surfaces you’ll touch during your long flight.
• Band-Aids. Can’t have too many of them when traveling. Take all sizes and types. Besides the cuts and scrapes, they’re good for stopping foot blisters before they start.
“We recommend that adolescents especially get booster shots, as well as mothers that have just given birth,” said Dr. Stephen Schrantz, a pediatrician and infectious disease specialist, earlier today on an interview with a local news channel. “[They can get] a booster shot for Pertussis so that they can prevent this disease from occurring in the young children who are the most vulnerable.”
“Patients with respiratory Pertussis require hospitalization, immediate treatment with Pertussis antitoxin, appropriate antibiotics, and supportive care,” added Lessans. “There is a very effective vaccination against Pertussis and it also protects you against Diphtheria and Tetanus.”
“The CDC, over the last couple years since they’ve noticed that more and more outbreaks have occurred, [has] recommended that people--adults and young adolescents--get booster shots to bring up their immunity,” concluded Schrantz.
“We are part of something historic,” announced Fran Lessans, CEO of Passport Health and a panelist at the exposition. “We believe in the good that humans can do around the world. That is why we want to make sure that all faith travelers are properly immunized and educated before they leave.”
“Passport Health already sees hundreds of missionaries and volunteers. Being at the expo allowed us to inform attendees about our services and the importance of good health and up-to-date vaccinations,” added Lessans.
“Religious tour operators, volunteer vacation providers, churches, mission coordinators and Passport Health are working together to provide the best service possible to those who want to travel to help or to see first-hand where their faith began. We are honored to be a part of this organization.” Full Story
Influenza vaccination has been recommended for adolescents with high-risk conditions for well over a decade," study author Mari Nakamura, a clinical fellow in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston, said in a Harvard Medical School news release.
Nakamura and colleagues concluded that both parents and health-care providers must be part of any intervention strategy designed to boost flu vaccination rates among high-risk adolescents. For example, letters to parents and electronic reminders to health-care providers have been shown to help improve vaccination rates.Click here for more information about flu shots.
“The donor receives something useful — a flu shot — while a portion of the proceeds go directly to the American Lung Association,” said Fran Lessans, CEO of Passport Health.
“Despite serious health risks associated with influenza, many people who are at high risk of contracting the flu are not getting immunized,” says Norman Edelman, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the American Lung Association. “More than 4 out of 5 Americans should be vaccinated every year, which means it’s likely each one of us knows someone whose well-being, good health or life depends on getting an influenza immunization each and every year.”
The number of deaths wasn't high -- 73 during the 2006-07 flu season -- but there was more than a fivefold increase in hard-to-treat complications. Preliminary figures indicate deaths increased again during this past winter's flu season.
Public health officials say the numbers underscore the importance of a new recommendation that all children ages 6 months through 18 years get routine flu shots. Before this year, shots were recommended for children younger than 5.
"Your employees are crucial to your company’s day-to-day operations,” explains Lessans, whose company also provides on-site flu clinics for some of the largest corporations in the U.S. “If your employees have taken on added responsibilities as a result of downsizing it would not be good if they get sick and have to miss work because of the flu."
Q: Will persons who have not completed the entire hepatitis B vaccine series be protected against the virus?
A: About 75-80% of adults who have received 2 valid doses of vaccine have developed a protective antibody level. Standard precautions to protect against exposure to blood or blood-containing fluids should be used. If a responder who is not fully vaccinated comes into contact with blood or body fluids, post exposure precautions should be taken according to previously published recommendations http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5011a1.htm .
Q: Is it okay to get the hepatitis A vaccine around the same time as the hepatitis B vaccine?
A: Yes. Hepatitis A vaccine and hepatitis B vaccine do not interfere with each other and are often given together.
Q: What vaccines are recommended for evacuees of a disaster?
A: The major concern for anyone exposed to unsanitary conditions is that they be up to date with tetanus-containing vaccine, because if they are injured (as is common in disaster settings) the injury is likely to be contaminated. Routinely recommended vaccines are recommended for evacuees, just like they are for everyone else. Full CDC recommendations for vaccines for evacuees are posted on our website at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/disease/vaccrecdisplaced.asp.
All Passport Health locations have all routine immunizations in stock and on hand daily. To locate the Passport Health Office nearest to you to receive vaccinations please click here.
"Our study shows that a newborn's risk of infection can be greatly reduced by vaccinating Mom during pregnancy. It's a two-for-one benefit," Steinhoff says in a news release. "Infants under six months have the highest rates of hospitalization from influenza among children in the U.S."
"All neighborhoods ... and possibly entire coastal communities ... will be inundated during the peak storm tide," the weather service warned. "Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single family one- or two-story homes will face certain death."
Once in a while our customers are so fascinated with our service that they decide to write about their experiences with Passport Health on their blog. This was her first time going to a travel health clinic. She found it to be a very pleasant and convenient experience.
Click Here to see what immunizations she received, declined and to read the rest of the story on her blog.
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