Doctors Express urges that pre-travel medical care is of vital importance
When planning a trip abroad, many things must be done. But along with obtaining a passport, packing a suitcase and booking a hotel, a doctor’s visit is among the most important things that a traveler should do before heading out to the airport.
“Approximately one third of people who travel outside the U.S. will experience some sort of travel-related illness,” said Shaun Gill of Doctors Express. “And those visiting rural areas or developing countries are most at risk.”
Doctors Express understands that when a trip is looming on the horizon it may be tough to fit in a trip to the doctor’s office. A lot goes into planning a trip and when taking time off work to go abroad for two weeks or more, it is not the most convenient time to take even more time off from work to make it to a doctor’s appointment during business hours.
But this is a key advantage that Doctors Express can offer that a doctor’s office cannot: longer hours during the week and availability on the weekends. Visit Doctors Express in Houston for travel vaccinations and preventive care in a comfortable, professional environment.
On a typical two-week trip abroad, most travelers will lose about three days to travel-related illness, and many remain sick after they return home. Infectious diarrhea and upper respiratory tract infections account for most of these illnesses, but travel-related health risks will vary according to the destination, itinerary, length of trip and medical history.
Malaria, for instance (a mosquito-borne illness that can be fatal), is a major health problem in many tropical and subtropical countries, especially sub-Saharan Africa. And some travelers face increased risk for contracting the viruses hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Fortunately, most travel-related illnesses and discomforts can be treated or prevented with the right vaccines and medications.
Doctors Express in Houston will offer prompt, efficient care from a travel medicine specialist. Plan for a visit around six weeks before departure and fill out a simple online questionnaire before coming in for the appointment. The questionnaire collects information about the patient’s health, medical history, allergies and travel plans. The information provided allows a doctor to prepare vaccinations or preventive medications in advance, so the appointment will run as efficient as possible. Travel medicine services at Doctors Express include:
• Destination-specific vaccinations
• Anti-malaria medication
• Anti-diarrheal medication
• Pre-travel physicals
• Altitude sickness education and prevention
• Motion sickness treatment
• Advice for avoiding common travel-related health problems
Doctors Express physicians use the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure that patients receive the most up-to-date information and care based on their destinations.
At Doctors Express in Houston, travel vaccinations are part of an expanded range of non-urgent medical services designed to provide the community with a convenient, affordable alternative to the ER and personal physicians.
“Make the most of your upcoming trip with travel vaccinations at Houston’s Doctors Express,” said Gill.
Doctors Express is located at 10850 Louetta Road in Houston. They can be reached at 281-320-2338 or by visiting them online at www.doctorsexpressvintage.com.
About Doctors Express
Doctors Express doctors are board-certified, experienced and dedicated to providing nothing less than the highest level of care. This kind of expertise ensures that Doctors Express is able to handle virtually any type of non-life-threatening illness or injury, making it a great alternative to the local ER.
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