Travel Medicine

Traveling abroad can be a lot of fun, but it also comes with some risks. One risk is that the water and food in other countries might not be safe to eat or drink. Another risk is contracting diseases such as malaria while traveling overseas. Fortunately, there are vaccinations and medications you can take to help prevent these types of illnesses before you leave for your trip. To learn more about our clinical travel medicine services, please read on!

  1. What are the most common travel vaccines and what do they protect against

The most common travel vaccines include: Anti-malarials, Chloroquine, Doxycycline, Typhoid vaccines (live, inactive); & Varicella vaccine. Anti-malarials cover malaria based on specific region of travel. Chloroquine is used for countries with resistant malaria. Doxycycline can be taken as a prophylactic (preventative) medication to prevent travelers’ diarrhea but bear in mind it cannot be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Typhoid vaccines and Varicella vaccine protect against typhoid fever & chickenpox respectively.

  1. How to find out you need a vaccine before traveling

There are multiple ways to find out if you need a vaccine before you travel. The CDC sets the guidelines for travel vaccines that healthcare providers refer to, and you can too!

To find out if you need a vaccination, start by consulting the CDC’s Travelers’ Health: Yellow Book. The book has all the latest information, including how to stay healthy in different regions of the world and what symptoms you should watch out for while abroad.

If you’re not confident in navigating this information, or you’d like to double check your work. You can ask your healthcare provider ahead of time. Here at Mesilla Valley Pharmacy, we offer the full service travel vaccines and consultations. that you need to feel safe and healthy on your next adventure.

For more information, chat with one of our pharmacists today!

  1. Who should get vaccinated for yellow fever, typhoid, malaria, hepatitis A+B, meningitis

Do you have a hard time interpreting which vaccines you’re indicated for?

-Meningitis and yellow fever are not required for travel to all destinations. However, it is recommended you get these vaccines if traveling in the “meningitis belt” region of Africa or Central America (Central American countries include Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador). Ask your pharmacist which vaccinations are right for you!

-Malaria, typhoid, and hepatitis A+B are typically recommended for travelers to Africa.

-We recommend discussing our clinical travel medicine services with your pharmacist before traveling to ensure you don’t get sick when you’re abroad!

  1. How to minimize risk of getting sick when traveling 

In order to minimize your odds of getting sick during travel, we recommend:

*Discussing your travel itinerary and risk factors with your pharmacist before departing on a trip to ensure you get the right vaccinations, medications, or advice for the location.

*Following recommendations published in The CDC publication of Travelers’ Health: Yellow Book unless otherwise advised by a physician.

*Avoiding crowded spaces and maintaining good hygiene with frequent handwashing.

*Staying well-hydrated and eating a healthy diet.

*Keeping your distance from animals in rural areas or visiting local markets to reduce exposure to illness-carrying insects like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.  

*Using insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin when outdoors.

*No need to worry, we have pharmacists available to assist you with your travel medicine needs; so come on by and chat with us! We’re happy to help you determine which vaccinations are right and keep you ahead of schedule.

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Traveling abroad can be a lot of fun, but it also comes with some risks. One risk is that the water and food in other countries might not be safe to eat or drink. Another risk is contracting diseases such as malaria while traveling overseas. Fortunately, there are vaccinations and medications you can take to help prevent these types of illnesses before you leave for your trip. To learn more about our clinical travel medicine services, please read on!

  1. What are the most common travel vaccines and what do they protect against

The most common travel vaccines include: Anti-malarials, Chloroquine, Doxycycline, Typhoid vaccines (live, inactive); & Varicella vaccine. Anti-malarials cover malaria based on specific region of travel. Chloroquine is used for countries with resistant malaria. Doxycycline can be taken as a prophylactic (preventative) medication to prevent travelers’ diarrhea but bear in mind it cannot be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Typhoid vaccines and Varicella vaccine protect against typhoid fever & chickenpox respectively.

  1. How to find out you need a vaccine before traveling

There are multiple ways to find out if you need a vaccine before you travel. The CDC sets the guidelines for travel vaccines that healthcare providers refer to, and you can too!

To find out if you need a vaccination, start by consulting the CDC’s Travelers’ Health: Yellow Book. The book has all the latest information, including how to stay healthy in different regions of the world and what symptoms you should watch out for while abroad.

If you’re not confident in navigating this information, or you’d like to double check your work. You can ask your healthcare provider ahead of time. Here at Mesilla Valley Pharmacy, we offer the full service travel vaccines and consultations. that you need to feel safe and healthy on your next adventure.

For more information, chat with one of our pharmacists today!

  1. Who should get vaccinated for yellow fever, typhoid, malaria, hepatitis A+B, meningitis

Do you have a hard time interpreting which vaccines you’re indicated for?

-Meningitis and yellow fever are not required for travel to all destinations. However, it is recommended you get these vaccines if traveling in the “meningitis belt” region of Africa or Central America (Central American countries include Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador). Ask your pharmacist which vaccinations are right for you!

-Malaria, typhoid, and hepatitis A+B are typically recommended for travelers to Africa.

-We recommend discussing our clinical travel medicine services with your pharmacist before traveling to ensure you don’t get sick when you’re abroad!

  1. How to minimize risk of getting sick when traveling 

In order to minimize your odds of getting sick during travel, we recommend:

*Discussing your travel itinerary and risk factors with your pharmacist before departing on a trip to ensure you get the right vaccinations, medications, or advice for the location.

*Following recommendations published in The CDC publication of Travelers’ Health: Yellow Book unless otherwise advised by a physician.

*Avoiding crowded spaces and maintaining good hygiene with frequent handwashing.

*Staying well-hydrated and eating a healthy diet.

*Keeping your distance from animals in rural areas or visiting local markets to reduce exposure to illness-carrying insects like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.  

*Using insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin when outdoors.

*No need to worry, we have pharmacists available to assist you with your travel medicine needs; so come on by and chat with us! We’re happy to help you determine which vaccinations are right and keep you ahead of schedule.

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