Would I really be a pharmacist if I didn’t include a travel medicine guide specifically directed to help healthcare providers counsel patients? If your patients come down with a serious case of wanderlust, this post contains information directly from the CDC website to help them prevent common travel diseases they may contract when traveling outside the U.S.
Although much of this guide is largely tailored to healthcare professionals, it is a good read for anybody who wants to learn more about diseases they can contract while traveling. The chart at the bottom lists common travel diseases, how they are contracted/transmitted, and ways to prevent getting sick through vaccines and common sense measures.
Important Patient Reminders
- It is always a good idea to suggest bringing a travel medicine bag containing OTC drugs and other non-medical items, just in case of any minor injuries or sickness.
- Make sure you remind patients not to forget their prescription medication at home! Getting a prescription transferred is a little harder when you’re in Brazil or South Africa.
- As all healthcare providers know, getting vaccinated is one of the best ways to protect yourself against diseases no matter where you are. This includes routine vaccinations; make sure your patients are up to date!
- If your patients need any travel vaccines, make sure they plan ahead! Check out my other post, A Guide to Getting Vaccinated Before You Travel, for links to find clinics as well as to the CDC’s destination page to know exactly what vaccines they’ll need for their destination prior to travel.
Preparing Your Patients for International Travel
If you are on a mobile device, the chart in this section will not show up all the way unless you turn your phone so that it is sideways/in landscape mode.