Travelers receive protection for a wide range of diseases, depending on their destination, including:
- Yellow fever: Now active in South America and Africa. Yellow fever vaccine, required for travel to certain mosquito-prone areas, is available only at authorized centers (Abington’s Travel Medicine is one) which issue proof of vaccination. As a designated center, we also receive notices about worldwide yellow fever outbreaks.
- Malaria: Found in Mexico, Central and South America, Africa, India and Southeast Asia. Oral medication can protect, but strains of malaria in certain areas have become drug-resistant. Our expertise and updated resources help us prescribe the right medication for each area.
- Hepatitis A: Although less common in the U.S. and Canada, hepatitis A is a greater risk worldwide, especially in Mexico, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Central and South America. Even Greenland is affected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers hepatitis A “one of the most common vaccine-preventable infections acquired during travel.” We provide recommended immunization.
- Travelers’ diarrhea: This woe afflicts as many as 50 percent of those traveling abroad. The debilitating infection, transmitted through food and water, may spread by food handlers or ice use. Travel Medicine patients receive prescriptions for the correct antibiotic for the area they’ll be visiting (some bacteria have become resistant) and are advised to take the medicine along as it may be unavailable locally when they need it.