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Are you planning to travel or study abroad? Call for an appointment or information, 803/323-2206. Fill out a questionnaire (pdf - 1.32 MB) and set up an appointment with us today!
Winthrop Travel Clinic offers
- Advice on what to pack for medical and first-aid needs
- Education about travel health issues, including food, water and insect precautions
- Health information specific to your destination
- Information about disease risks
- Pre-travel assessment to determine your health care needs
- Prescriptions for preventive medications, including malaria pills
- Be sure that you are up to date on all of your immunizations before you leave! So of the basic immunizations you may need are:
- MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
- Td or Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
- Hepatitis B
- Depending on your travel itinerary, these vaccines may be recommended:
- Hepatitis A
- Yellow Fever - may be required for certain itineraries
- Preventive medicine for malaria for some destinations
Safe Food and Water
- Food Precautions: The general rule: boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it. Be sure to eat only fruits and vegetables that you can wash and peel yourself. Make sure that tall food is well-cooked and avoid food from street vendors that has been sitting out.
- Water precautions: In developing countries, tap water may not be clean and drinkable as it is in the developed world. Organisms in the water could make you sick, even if the local population is able to drink the water, so use bottled water even to brush your teeth.
- Be sure to drink only bottled, canned or carbonated beverages and do not use ice cubes.
- Traveler's Diarrhea, aka Montezuma's Revenge, is generally caused by something you ate or drank and is particularly a problem for travelers to warm climates.
- Avoid perfumes and use unscented soaps, shampoos, and deodorants
- Bites or stings of some insects (mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, bees) can cause poisoning, injury, or transmit diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and Japanese encephalitis. Learn what you can about the insects of the locale you are visiting. Take percautions:
- Dress in pale colors rather than bright colors
- Take advantage of preventive medicines (such as for malaria) and vaccines if indicated.
- Use insect repellents containing 30-35% DEET
- Use permethrin insecticide on clothing and mosquito netting at night if recommended.
- Wear shoes and socks
- Drink plenty of fluids (water, juice, Gatorade, etc) to keep hydrated. Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine drinks.
- To keep cool, wear light-colored clothing that is made of natural fabric such as cotton. Also, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and wear a hat to help keep your body cool.
- Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
Prevention of Infectious Diseases
- Wash your hands! Wash your hands!
- Don't touch your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid crowds and sick people.
Are these in your suitcase?
- Enough of your Rx medication in original container
- Extra pair of glasses or contact lenses
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin
- Anti-fungal foot powder or cream
- Antiseptic hand cleaner
- Band-aids and first aid ointment (such as Bacitracin)
- Bottled Water
- International immunization card with documentation of vaccines received
- Medication for malaria prevention
- Insect repellant containing 30-35% DEET
- Oral rehydration salt packets
For more traveling tips go to our medical links to check out the travel links.