As we round the corner on the pandemic thanks to increasing herd immunity, Americans are looking forward to traveling again. If you find yourself revisiting your travel plans, now more than ever, we urge you to take precautionary measures before you go through our travel medication services.
From vaccinations to ensuring you have access to the medications you need, the team here at Forest Urgent Care provides peace of mind for your next travel adventure.
Here’s a look at how we can help you enjoy your much-anticipated time away from home through our travel medication services.
The United States has done a fantastic job immunizing its population against many serious diseases, from tuberculosis to the measles. This may not be the case, however, in other countries, which is why our first step is to ensure that your vaccinations are up to date.
After we review your current immunizations, including your tetanus and flu shots, we take a look at where you’re headed to determine whether further protection is prudent. For example, immunization against yellow fever, malaria, or typhoid is often appropriate depending upon your destination. In fact, immunization against yellow fever is a requirement for entry into certain countries.
We recommend that you come see us at least a month before your departure as it may take some time to sort through your current vaccinations and immunize you against specific diseases.
Traveling with what you need
Another service we provide is to ensure that you have an ample supply of the medications you need beforehand. For example, if you have a pre-existing condition like diabetes or high blood pressure and you’re taking medications to manage these issues, we want to make sure that you not only don’t run out, but that you have back-up medications, just in case.
The same holds true if you're taking medications, such as antidepressants, for any mental health issues.
Even if you’re healthy, we can took a look at your destination and recommend a list of medications you should bring along with you to tackle issues such as:
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Motion sickness
- Common colds
- Minor cuts or scrapes
We can also supply you with antibiotics if you’re concerned about an infection, such as a urinary tract infection.
Travel in the time of COVID-19
Our team prides itself on staying current with any outbreaks or concerns that you should be aware of when you travel. If you’re (understandably) worried about different strains of COVID-19 in the areas where you’re traveling, we can sit down with you to discuss the situation and any precautionary steps you should take.
The situation is ever-evolving, and so far, our vaccinations are mostly holding up against the new strains. That said, we can still review some of the measures that will best protect you while you travel, such as wearing a mask on planes and in crowded spaces and packing hand sanitizer.
To schedule your travel appointment at one of our two New York clinics in Forest Hills or Hunters Point in Long Island City, simply give us a call.