Visit Your Travel Clinic Before You Visit Brazil

Posted: June 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Visit Your Travel Clinic Before You Visit Brazil

Reposted from foxnews.com/health


An aerial shot shows the Maracana stadium, one of the stadiums hosting the 2014 World Cup soccer matches, in Rio de Janeiro. (REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes)

Those visiting Brazil should see their doctors or travel medicine specialists four to six weeks before traveling, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta write in JAMA Internal Medicine.

“We’re expecting that a lot of Americans will attend and we want to give them a chance to review some of the health and safety issues that come with attending World Cup-like events in a country like Brazil,” said Joanna Gaines, a senior epidemiologist at the CDC and lead author of the statement.

The CDC has already issued a travel advisory for U.S. citizens heading to the World Cup, which takes place in 12 cities throughout Brazil between June 12 and July 13 (see: 1.usa.gov/1mKeX2I).

The 2016 Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5 through August 21 of that year.

Gaines and her colleagues write that mass gatherings such as the World Cup and Olympics have been associated with illness outbreaks before.

For example, six different flu strains were behind an outbreak at the 2008 World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia. Also, there were meningococcal outbreaks following a 1997 soccer tournament in Belgium and the 2000 Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

“We want to make sure that we can get our prevention message out to as many healthcare providers as we can,” Gaines told Reuters Health.

The health agency’s recommendations include receiving routine vaccines for preventable illnesses – such as the flu and measles, mumps and rubella, but also for other diseases, such as typhoid and yellow fever.

Seeing a doctor early “typically gives you enough time for vaccines to gain efficacy,” Gaines said.

While more time is ideal, Dr. Henry W. Murray said even people who may have forgotten to see a travel medicine specialist should make an appointment.

But, he agreed, “The best protection is to get it all done and out of the way a few weeks before departure.”

Murray was not involved with writing the new report. He studies infectious diseases at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

There are no vaccines for certain other illnesses, such as malaria and dengue that are spread by mosquitoes. Both are serious and are accompanied by flu-like symptoms.

For malaria, there are pills available to protect against the disease but none is 100-percent effective, according to the CDC’s website. There are no pills that prevent against dengue.

“We recommend that travelers regularly apply insect repellent and wear long sleeve clothing that’s also treated with insect repellant,” Gaines said.

She added that it’s important for people to know that while malaria is spread by mosquitoes that typically bite at night, dengue-carrying mosquitoes generally strike during the day.

The CDC’s report also provides tips on how to prevent food-borne illnesses. Those tips include drinking bottled water, eating steaming-hot foods and washing one’s hands.

“Your basic health protection measures help a lot as far as any infectious diseases are concerned,” Gaines said.

For more information on their recommendations, the researchers write that people can visit wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

“People ought to be encouraged to go to the website,” Murray said. “I would have that in my hand before I call my primary care doctor or before I start looking around for a travel care clinic.”


Posted: July 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements, Travel Health Alerts | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Health Alert: JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS – SOUTH KOREA: (BUSAN) ALERT


ProMED-mail: Published Date: 2013-07-08 

Japanese Encephalitis Alert in South Korea

Japanese Encephalitis Alert in South Korea

Over half, or 64 per cent, of the mosquitoes recently tested in the southern port city of Busan (Pusan) were found to be carrying the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), prompting the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) to issue a nationwide alert late last week (week of 1 Jul 2013).

Officials say climate change is helping the virus-infected mosquitoes breed (probably referring to increased temperatures speeding larval development) 

Symptoms of the disease include headaches, fever, and convulsions, and in extreme cases, coma (and death). Children are at higher risk, so officials advise parents to make sure young kids are vaccinated.

As the mosquitoes are most active until the end of October, the KCDC advises people to use mosquito nets indoors and limit the amount of time they spend outside. 

When outdoors, the use of long-sleeved clothing and mosquito repellent is recommended.

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Praise for Passort Health of Sarasota-Bradenton

Posted: March 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements | Tags: , | Comments Off on Praise for Passort Health of Sarasota-Bradenton

On November 27, 2013

We were delighted to find out about this business. We needed TDap shots in a hurry because we’re expecting a new grandchild. We thought we could just breeze into the local health dept. and get them. Not so, there was a waiting list for an appt. so they told us about this place. Well, it was great. Straight in, no wait, beautiful office, and our nurse ‘Dee Dee’ was a sweetheart and gave really painless injections. She was very helpful answering questions and giving advice that she thought would benefit us. I would use this service again and highly recommend them.

On November 25, 2013

Great explanations and suggestions were made for my upcoming trips.

On November 23, 2013

Dee Dee Eldridge was extremely helpful in administering the Shots and was outstanding in her overall performance.

My experience with Passport Health was very good. Easy to make an appointment, friendly atmosphere and very efficient. This was not my first experience, I returned because all my questions could be answered quickly and correctly. I thought the printout I was given was very detailed and helpful. Thank you!

On November 15, 2013

Dee Dee was extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and helpful. She was able to answer all of our questions and offer expert advice. She is very professional and sets a high standard for her field of practice.

On November 3, 2013

Very helpful and knowledgeable: 5 out of 5.

On October 14, 2013

My family doctor recommended I check with Passport Health to make certain that I was properly immunized prior to my trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe.  The nurse I had during my office visit was Dee Dee and she was EXCELLENT!  She gave me all the choices for immunizations, her recommendations, and answered every possible question I had plus gave me valuable information I didn’t even think to ask!  All vaccines are available at your office visit, so there is no rescheduling and/or waiting.  The PERFECT place to go prior to an out of the country trip.  HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

On September 21, 2013

The service we received was outstanding. They made what could be a stressful experience almost relaxing by combining a welcoming environment with efficient service. I would definitely recommend your services to others requiring assistance with a green card medical.  

On September 14, 2013

Efficient and thorough.  Knowledgeable professional; well prepared and well versed on our options. Good advice. 

“Bang up job!”

On August 26th, 2013:

“Fantastic service, friendly atmosphere, “painless shots”, would recommend to anyone.”

On July 10, 2013:

I was greeted warmly and immediately by name.  I was on time and they were ready and expecting me.  The nurse was very professional, as well as friendly.  She had a very clear explanation for my questions and it was obvious to me she knew what she was talking about without being a show off!  She helped me understand what I can do to protect my health during my travels.  It was a positive experience.  It lost the edge of just something else I HAD to do!

Super professional.  The service was prompt and kind, all questions were answered vaccination was painless, I am very satisfied.

The RN was very knowledgeable and thorough–I would definitely use your services for future trips.

On July 1, 2013:

Super professional.  The service was prompt and kind, all questions were answered vaccination was painless, I am very satisfied.  The RN was very knowledgeable and thorough–I would definitely use your services for future trips.

On June 5, 2013:

We had a very bad experience at another clinic (Tampa) with an immigration exam that took extreme advantage of a desperate situation. We called Dee Dee the administrator at Passport Health to verify if what had happened was valid and she went above and beyond to inform us correctly the laws and guidelines and quickly spoke and emailed us proper and professional guidelines that were being corrupted. We had deadlines in just a few short days, and Dee Dee just stepped in to rescue us from a terrible experience and righted the wrongs done to us. Thank you Passport Health for coming to our rescue. Praise the Lord! Very courteous, professional, and informed!!!! Be careful where you go, ask lots of questions, there are a lot of snakes out there…but be confident at Passport Health to be taken care of with dignity and respect!

On May 8, 2013:

Very Professional, Very enlightening, Very Efficient

On March 27, 2013:

I really appreciate the thoroughness, friendliness, and attention to detail. Great experience.

On March 27, 2013:

The nurse I spoke with was well prepared, friendly and very helpful. I waited only a few minutes for the consultation. I am quite satisfied.

On March 27, 2013:

The treatment I received at Passport Health was above and beyond anything I’ve received from any medical professional in quite some time. I got advice not only about the shots I needed for my travel, but years of travel tips, and a good idea for another medical issue I had been dealing with. I highly recommend Passport Health.

On March 26, 2013:

Great Support.  The nurse spent a long time with us on the telephone to answer all our questions. Her technique giving the shots was also excellent

On March 5, 2013:

Great Service

We attended for travel vaccinations and received excellent advice.

From another client, same day:

Lovely, on time and pleasant experience

If you need injections for travel this is the best possible place to get them

Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Sponsors the Eddie Herr Tournament

Posted: December 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements | Comments Off on Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Sponsors the Eddie Herr Tournament

Last week Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton took part in sponsoring the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Tournament, the premier junior tennis tournament in the world.  We got to talk to many young athletes who aspired to come to the United States.  We rubbed shoulders with some incredible athletic talent at the event.  Thanks to IMG for holding another successful Eddie Herr Tournament.  Please enjoy the photos:

We were lucky to enjoy beautiful weather all weekend!

Players, Coaches and Parents mingle on campus

That is a serious bracket

Anti-Cocaine Vaccine? Possible

Posted: November 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements | Tags: | Comments Off on Anti-Cocaine Vaccine? Possible

An anti-cocaine vaccine combined with Immunovaccine‘s DepoVax showed promising results in an exploratory study. 

Bird Flu Vaccine Being Tested on Humans

Posted: November 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements | Tags: , | Comments Off on Bird Flu Vaccine Being Tested on Humans

A total of 666 healthy adults ages 18 to 49 were enrolled in the two trials to demonstrate the immunogenicity of Novavax’s VLP-based H5N1 vaccine candidate at varying dose levels, with and without an adjuvant.  Each person received intramuscular injections of vaccine or placebo at day 0 and day 21, and will be followed for 13 months.  Current data show safety and immune responses over the first 42 days.

“We have demonstrated that Novavax can produce antigens from avian influenza strains that are as, or more, immunogenic than any other described in published results to date,” Stanley C. Erck, president and CEO of Novavax, said in a press release. “Importantly, as we accelerate our development activities, these results give us tremendous flexibility for pursuing pandemic vaccine products, including vaccines directed at population segments that are sensitive to adjuvant use.”

The U.S.government maintains a stockpile of similar vaccines, Gregory Wade, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said. He expects there would be an annual stock of Novavax’s. The time frame for licensing the drug is 2015, he told Bloomberg, and the need is based on whether a strain of the virus breaks out.

Stronger Influenza Vaccines Needed

Posted: November 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Stronger Influenza Vaccines Needed

Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy claim current influenza vaccines offer less protection against the infectious disease than previously thought, and better ones are necessary.

A report titled “The Compelling Need for Game-Changing Influenza Vaccines” says the U.S.-licensed trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine does not differ widely from the one first developed in 1968. And a live-attenuated influenza vaccine licensed in 2003 is made using techniques from the 1930s, Fox reports.

So why hasn’t a new flu vaccine come along? The financial risks and inadequate incentives throw up roadblocks for most biotechs that might otherwise show interest. The entire process–from preclinical research through licensure–can take up to 15 years and cost more than $1 billion, the report says. A novel flu vaccine providing protection over the course of several years will need to cost more per dose than current vaccines for investors and manufacturers to realize the financial benefit of the endeavor.

And many believe the current flu vaccines offer enough protection. “A major barrier to the development of game-changing influenza vaccines is the perception that current vaccines are already highly effective in preventing influenza infection,” the report says.

Currently, 6 companies are licensed to produce and distribute flu vaccines in the U.S.: CSL, GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK), ID Biomedical, AstraZeneca’s MedImmune, Novartis  and Sanofi Pasteur. This year, a total of 135 million doses of influenza vaccine will be on hand. Each year, between 3,000 and 49,000 Americans die from seasonal influenza.

American Vaccine Manufacturer Applies to Buy Russian Pharma

Posted: November 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements | Tags: , , | Comments Off on American Vaccine Manufacturer Applies to Buy Russian Pharma

Pharma giant Abbott Laboratories has filed an application to acquire Russia’s Petrovax Pharm, its flu vaccines partner. Such a deal would become one of the top three largest in the history of the Russian pharmaceutical market, experts say.

A team of Russian flu vaccine researchers founded Petrovax in 1996. Last year, the company’s sales hit $98 million, Izvestia reports, placing the company 12th among domestic pharma companies. Both companies declined to comment on the deal.

But Izvestia‘s sources say Abbott filed for approval to acquire 62.5% of Petrovax. This includes the 25% stake the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development acquired for $27 million in 2008, the 18.77% stake of co-founder and CEO Arkady Nekrasov, and fellow co-founder Natalya Puchkova’s 18.74%. Petrovax owns the rest of its shares. Analysts value the deal at up to $294 million.

The deal would make Abbott the only American company to own production facilities in Russia. DSM analyst Yulia Nechayeva believes that Abbott wants to become localized in the Russian market. DSM says the company annually sells $430 million worth of product in a market worth $30 billion, the paper reports, which doesn’t even qualify for the domestic top 10. Petrovax already manufactures Pfizer’s pneumococcal vaccine.

Yellow Fever Vaccines Available, Yellow Cards Completed

Posted: November 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Yellow Fever Vaccines Available, Yellow Cards Completed

Down here in Florida the busy winter season is upon us.  Many of our winter visitors like to go on cruises and safaris that leave from Florida and make stops in exotic places like South America and Africa.  These are beautiful and fascinating destinations but there are also places where Yellow Fever, in addition to other diseases, is endemic.  Many African countries require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination and even some of the cruise lines are requiring Yellow Fever vaccination in order to board their ships.


Gelbfieber in Südamerika 2009. Yellow fever in...

Yellow fever in South America in 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


English: Yellow fever map CDC

Yellow fever map CDC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




Passport Health of Sarasota-Bradenton stocked additional Yellow Fever vaccine to meet the expected demand.  We have Yellow Fever vaccines.  Appointments are appreciated but walk-ins are welcome.  Our clients find our convenient, well-health offices to be very comfortable places to receive vaccines.

Passport Health of Sarasota-Bradenton also prepares Yellow Cards for our clients.  The Yellow Card is a written record of all vaccines a patient has received.  Some countries require to see the Yellow Card before they allow a visitor to enter.  Cruise lines are doing the same now with Yellow Cards and Yellow Fever.


English: Detail of an International Certificat...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For all those travelers out there, please be sure that before you visit any destination outside the US and especially in the third world, that you see a travel health specialist.  These professionals will arm you with all the latest health information regarding your destination and should offer vaccines as well as general well-health products.

Safe travels!

Why Do We Vaccinate?

Posted: November 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements | Tags: , | Comments Off on Why Do We Vaccinate?

The modern practice of vaccination began with Edward Jenner in 1796, when he inoculated an 8-year-old boy with pus from a cowpox sore, protecting the child against the devastating disease smallpox. For many years, vaccines were associated with the prevention of infectious diseases, but gradually, research began to harness the activity of the immune system to prevent disease as well as treat it, starting in the field of oncology.

The first cancer vaccines to reach the market were Oncophage from Antigenics (now Agenus), which gained approval in Russia in 2008 for the treatment of kidney cancer, and Dendreon’s (Provenge), which gained FDA approval in 2010 for the treatment of metastatic hormone-refractory prostate cancer. Provenge’s complex production process, requiring preparation of an individual vaccine for each patient, has perhaps contributed to its lack of uptake, and most of the cancer vaccines in development are off-the-shelf rather than produced for each patient, and are tailored to groups of patients rather than individuals.

Following along behind therapeutic cancer vaccines are virally targeted therapeutic vaccines, such as those against HIV, and vaccines that cross the boundary between infectious diseases and cancer–the HPV-targeted vaccines for very early-stage cervical cancer and precancerous lesions.