Amigo Medical Group

Travel Vaccination

Travel Medicine involves consulting on the requirements and recommendations countries have for visitors. Some countries, for example, require proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination when travelers apply for a visa to entry. Yellow Fever requires the clinic to have applied for and been issued an official Federal Stamp. The clinic needs the stamp in order to purchase the Yellow Fever Vaccine. The recipient of the vaccine must be issued a Yellow Fever Card with the official stamp which must be signed at least two weeks before entry. Travelers without proper credentials will be denied entry or quarantined. Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine verification is a requirement for entry into Saudi Arabia. Other vaccines include Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Influenza. Some more exotic travelers require Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis.

Probably the most prominent travel concern is for Malaria.Different regions of the world have various types of Malaria, requiring different kinds of medications and dosing regimens. Another medical concern of travelers involves Altitude Acclimatization. The altitude and length of stay require different medications and dosing regimens. Travelers need to know the altitude of all the sites they will visit. Another group of travelers need information involving wilderness medicine exposure and medical information on topics such as Jet Lag, Dehydration and Heat Stress.

Dr. Monahan’s interest and expertise in this area evolved initially from his studies in The Department of Tropical Medicine at the University of Hawaii, John Burns School of Medicine. He spent three months among the Zulus at the University of Natal in Durbin, South Africa. He made several volunteer medical missions to the Brazilian Amazon. He completed an intensive course at The Tulane School of Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, LA. He has attended various Wilderness Medicine conferences and most recently (2010,2011, 2012) has been involved in medical missions to Nepal (see Nepal) where he has held clinics at rural village schoolhouses for Tamang farmers and Newari carpet workers and in a tent for Brick Factory workers conducted by CDO. The medical issues of High Altitude Medicine are always a concern of trekkers in Nepal (see FamilyHomeStays.org and Dawa Tamang).

Our Travel Medicine Clinic is open Monday through Friday. Most vaccines are in stock, but occasionally rarer regimens for Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis need to be drop shipped (and therefore prepaid). During peak travel seasons we occasionally have demand exceed supply for Yellow Fever and less commonly for Typhoid. Complex consultations can require two visits. It is suggested that one complete one’s vaccinations 30 days prior to departure. Medical Insurance does not cover Travel Vaccines or Consultations (Employers may reimburse the employee if the travel is work related). Travelers should have all prescriptive medications for the entire length of travel. There are medications available for Travelers’ Diarrhea, but it would be advisable to see your travel doctor on return from your trip, especially if any illness occurred on the trip or close thereafter. Many of the diseases that can be contracted in travel may not be familiar to your personal doctor, such as Amoeba Dysentery, Giardia or Dengue Fever.

Elephant family Samburu, Kenya 1988

Taj Mahal Agra, India 2012

Sunset on Trombetes River, Amazon Brazil 2004

Sphinx and Pyramids Egypt 1992

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