Troutman Family Medicine : Travel Service

We are proud to offer travel health services here at Troutman Family Medicine.

The advantages this brings our patients is the bonus of a personalized travel health service.

Our providers are happy to give travel advice by appointment only, as we will advise on both vaccination and other health requirements for safe foreign travel. Our travel health service for all local people offers holiday/travel vaccinations/jabs/injections, and advice on travel-related issues, all vaccinations, and Yellow Fever.

Following assessment, vaccinations will be scheduled as needed. Please be aware some vaccinations take several weeks to become fully effective so don’t leave arrangements until the last minute to ensure you are fully protected. However, for patients who are not regularly seen at Troutman Family Medicine, we can normally fit you into our travel service to ensure your travel needs are taken care of properly. Please allow minimum of 2 months before travel.

Troutman Family Medicine is a designated WHO Yellow Fever Center.

Our in-office travel services provide a full range of travel vaccinations, but also advice on ways to stay healthy when traveling abroad. We request you complete our questionnaire. Please complete this form as fully as possible to help us give you individual advice specific to your destination and reason for travel. For students and anyone planning to be involved in aid projects or remote travel, we suggest you complete the questionnaire as early as possible to allow time for full courses of vaccine to be given if required.

If you are planning a complicated itinerary (from a travel health point of view) we may suggest you book an initial appointment with Dr. Patel to discuss our suggestions and vaccination schedule.

VACCINES are generally not covered by Health insurance for all vaccinations and malaria preventative treatments. All prices are available either at reception or on our recommendation form.
Vaccines we only order for specific patients and we require payment prior to ordering.
These include:
YELLOW FEVER, RABIES, JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS, TICK BOURNE ENCEPHALITIS, CHOLERA

BELOW A FEW HELPFUL HINTS AND TIPS TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY AND SAFE WHEN YOU TRAVEL ABROAD.

FOOD AND WATER HYGIENE
If you can’t wash it or peel it don’t eat it.
Stick to hot freshly cooked foods.
Avoid salads and uncooked foods especially shellfish and avoid foods made with unpasteurized milk.
Drink only bottled water – use for brushing teeth.
Avoid ice cubes.
Water filter/purification tablets.
Dehydration sachets.

SUN PROTECTION
Always use factor 15 plus – apply 15-30 minutes prior to going out into the sun first thing in the day.
Re-apply frequently.
Cover up if out in the midday sun.
Wear a hat.
Keep fluid intake up.

SAFE SEX
No unprotected sex.
Take condoms.
Keep condoms out of the heat.
Remember risk of hepatitis B and HIV.

FLIGHT SAFETY
Drink plenty of fluids – flat better than fizzy.
Not too much alcohol.
In flight socks.
Deep breathing and leg exercises.
Aspirin before long haul flights if not contraindicated.

MEDICATION
Take plenty of routine medication.
Always carry in hand luggage.
Remember the contraceptive pill may be affected by severe vomiting, diarrhea and antibiotics.

DENTAL CARE
Have check up – particularly for those going on extended trips.
FIRST AID – MEDICAL KITS
Take basic first aid kit plus medical pack with needles etc.
Always carry with you. DO NOT LEAVE IN ACCOMMODATION.

SAFETY
Do not overdo alcohol.
Be sensible.
Do not leave drinks unattended.
Accidents, injuries and motor vehicles – standard may vary.
Avoid tattoos and body piercing.
Do not accept any packages.

DOCUMENTATION
Ensure all vaccination Certificates have been completed.
Insurance – check exclusions e.g., pre-existing conditions and dangerous activities.
Take photocopies of documentation i.e., passport, travel insurance and give to traveling companions or post details on personal e-mail account.

MALARIA
Several drugs of choice. Advice according to separate protocols.
Give patient information leaflets at first visit.
Use insect repellent containing DEET. Knock down sprays, mosquito coils and plug ins.
Cover up from dusk to dawn.
Nothing is 100% effective against malaria therefore always be aware of risk and symptoms of malaria

YELLOW FEVER
We are a designated Centre for Yellow Fever immunization.

WEBSITE
Please go to www.cdc.org prior to your travel appointment to understand which vaccinations you might need when planning a trip.

Call Today (704) 528-9903

154 S. Main Street
Troutman, NC 28166