Traveling for pleasure, business, or for a mission trip?
Your pharmacy can help you prepare for your travel by taking care of your travel health needs. Here are some travel needs in which your pharmacy may be able to help -- just ask them:
Travel Vaccines: Traveling to other countries can mean exposure to different diseases that are widespread in the area such as typhoid, measles, yellow fever and others – it is very important to get vaccinated to protect yourself during your travels and after you return.
- The ideal time to start receiving your vaccines is a month or more in advance of your travel, but at least two weeks before travel. This is because our bodies take two weeks to build up immunity after receiving the vaccine.
- Many countries require proof of vaccination of travel and routine vaccines for entry into the country, such as the yellow fever vaccine.
Prevent Blood Clots: Traveling for long distances by plane, train, car or bus with limited activity and movement can put you at risk for blood clots in your legs. These clots can even be fatal if they break off and travel to your lungs.
- Reduce your risk for clots by getting up and walking around once an hour, as well as doing simple stretches while seated (like flexing and relaxing calf muscles and feet, rolling ankles).
- Use properly fitted medical compression socks. These may be covered through your insurance and can also be used after travel to improve blood flow during daily activities.
- Symptoms of a blood clot may include: swelling, pain, or tenderness in the affected limb (usually the leg), redness and increased warmth of skin in the affected area.
- If the clot travels to your lungs (Pulmonary Embolism), the symptoms may present as unexplained shortness of breath, faster than normal heartbeat, chest pain, cough (which may be bloody), feeling lightheaded or fainting. Seek immediate medical help as this is a life threatening emergency.
This article was written by Anish Doshi, PharmD at Bremo Pharmacy. References: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel