Keeping You Safe While Traveling Overseas

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Keeping You Safe While Traveling Overseas

By AFC Urgent Care in Danbury

Medical preparation for travel is increasingly important. Not only are there more serious health risks present around the world, but there are also more options available for prevention and treatment. Opportunities for prevention should not be overlooked by any traveler, regardless of destination. AFC Urgent Care offers immunizations for many types of diseases. To expedite your care, we have set up an on-line questionnaire for you to complete prior to your visit. We will then customize an immunization program for you based on the information you provide and can help you assemble the medications and administer the vaccinations needed to keep you safe while overseas.

Our comprehensive travel medicine program includes a number of health care services including:

  • Medicines for malaria, diarrhea, motion sickness and altitude sickness
  • Required and recommended vaccines
  • Medical screenings

*Zika Virus information:

As of now, there is no vaccine for Zika virus. We recommend that you take these preventative measures if traveling to a Zika-affected country or state:

  1. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and wear socks when possible.
  2. Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  3. Do not leave any uncovered standing water, such as baby pools, outdoors;they attract mosquitos.
  4. If camping, sleep under mosquito netting. Note that the mosquito carrying Zika bites mostly during daytime hours.
  5. Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. Choosing an EPA-registered repellent ensures the EPA has evaluated the product for effectiveness. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
  6. To protect your child from mosquito bites:

– Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.

– Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children younger than 3 years old.

– Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.

– Cover cribs, strollers and baby carriers with mosquito netting.

– Do not apply insect repellant onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth and cut or irritated skin.

– Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.

  1. Prevent sexual transmission of Zika by using condoms or not having sex with someone who has been in an infected area.
  2. Be vigilant if traveling to infected states and countries this summer.

Our providers are well-trained to answer any questions you might have concerning precautionary measures to be taking regarding Zika.

To access our travel form, please visit us online at http://wwwafcurgentcaredanbury.com/travel-medicine/.

For more info, please contact AFC Urgent Care in Danbury at (203) 826-2140 or (203) 826-2600, or visit www.AFCUrgentCareDanbury.com.

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August 26, 2016

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