Traveling to London for the Olympic Games? Here are some Health Tips

Posted: May 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Travel Health Alerts | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Traveling to London for the Olympic Games? Here are some Health Tips

In just a few weeks, the world will watch as athletes from around the globe compete for Olympic and Paralympic gold, silver, and bronze medals. If you are one of the millions of people who will travel to the United Kingdom (UK) to watch the Games firsthand, make sure you remember your good travel sense.

In many ways, travel to and throughout the UK is similar to travel in the United States when it comes to health and safety. However, the expected crowds in the host city increase your risk of illness and injury.

Be prepared and practice the smart safety and health habits you normally would at home, so your Olympic and Paralympic memories are about the competitions and sites, not your illnesses or injuries.

Before you board that plane
• Make sure you are up to date on your routine vaccines
• Check the extent of your medical insurance coverage
• Familiarize yourself with the operation of the United Kingdom’s health services

Once in London
• Speak like a Londoner 😉
• Wash your hands often with soap and water
• Cover your coughs and sneezes
• Protect yourself from the sun
• Drink and eat regularly to stay hydrated
• Practice healthy behaviors
• Stay alert, especially in crowds
• Follow local laws and customs as well as Olympic and Paralympic Games security regulations
• Make a photocopy of your passport to carry with you at all times.

When You Get Home…

Relax! Hopefully your trip included fun and excitement, but if illness and injury were also a part of your trip, make sure you follow up with a health care provider.

Be sure to share the details of your itinerary and activities with your provider.

For more information: CDC / London 2012: Olympic and Paralympic Games


Posted: May 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on INCREASING BRADENTON’S ACCESS TO TRAVEL AND LIFESTYLE VACCINES

Passport Health of Sarasota Announces Grand Opening of Bradenton Location and Offers Important Travel and Lifestyle Vaccines as well as Immigration Physicals

Passport Health of Sarasota, the leading private travel medicine advisor and vaccine provider in Sarasota County, announced today the grand opening of its new Bradenton location and its new name, Passport Health of Sarasota-Bradenton.

Passport Health of Sarasota-Bradenton is part of the largest doctor-recommended network of vaccine providers in the nation.  With over 200+ locations nationwide, Passport Health has been recognized by the Center for Disease Control, the Department of Defense, the White House, plus local and foreign governments for superior performance.

Passport Health of Sarasota-Bradenton specializes in providing travel health consultations, vaccinations and travel products to international travelers.  The business provides clients with critical information to help them prepare for their trip and stay healthy while outside the U.S.

Passport Health of Sarasota-Bradenton is also the first Passport Health office in the nation where immigrants applying for permanent residence (“green cards”) can get the required medical examination, vaccinations, and a completed and sealed immigration form I-693.  The company offers immigration medical exams at its existing Sarasota location and its new Bradenton location through its Medical Director, Arthur J. Hodge, M.D., who has been designated as an authorized Civil Surgeon by the Department of Homeland Security.

In the past two years, Passport Health of Sarasota-Bradenton has provided more immigration medical exams than any other private provider in the area.  It has well established relationships with local immigration attorneys and is featured on the Civil Surgeon-finder application on the website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

Co-owner P. Christopher Jaensch, who has been practicing immigration law in Sarasota for over 16 years, relates that he “started the business with the goal of providing a convenient and comfortable way to obtain immigration medical exams for local immigrants.  I thought that by offering this service, I could help the clients at my law firm as well as other immigrants in the area and at the same time, provide a useful service for international travelers.  But the business has become a key provider of vaccine-related medical services in the Sarasota community.  I hope we will achieve the same results in Manatee County.”

Passport Health of Sarasota-Bradenton supports the charitable efforts of members of the community. “My favorite travel medicine consultations are the people going abroad to do charity work.  What they do is just so inspiring,” says Executive Director, Dee Dee Eldridge, R.N.  “I think it is important to give discounts to those who are traveling for charity or medical work to show our support for their efforts.”

The new Bradenton office is located at 4800 26th Street West, which is around the corner from IMG Academies and State College of Florida.  Its telephone number is (941) 462-4338.

Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization: Epidemiology alert, May 4th, 2012

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Travel Health Alerts | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization: Epidemiology alert, May 4th, 2012

PAHO / WHO / Cholera, May 2012

Considering the start of the rainy season in Central America and the Caribbean, which increases the risk of transmission for various diseases, including cholera, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) encourages Member States the continuation of surveillance efforts to detect the occurrence of outbreaks and implementing intervention actions to reduce cholera spread determinants.


With respect to the current cholera situation in the island of Hispaniola, the total number of cases in Haiti, from the beginning of the epidemic was 534,647 of which 287,656 (53%) were hospitalized and 7,091 died.

During the last three weeks, an increase of cases has been detected primarily in the departments of Nord Ouest, Sud, Sud-Est and in the capital city Port-au-Prince, Ouest department. This rise is associated with the onset of the rainy season, which began earlier than expected.

Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, the total of suspected cases reported since the beginning of the epidemic of which 17,977 (77%) were hospitalized and 399 died.

In the past two weeks, there has been an increase in cases due to an outbreak in the town of Tamboril, province of Santiago. This outbreak is associated with heavy rains that caused flooding and damage to the main aqueducts system.

Dominican Republic authorities are implementing intervention measures to control this situation.

Source: PAHO / Cholera, May 4 th , 2012

Immigration Physical Exams Now Being Scheduled at Passport Health of Sarasota

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Immigration Physical Exams Now Being Scheduled at Passport Health of Sarasota
Passport Health of Sarasota is pleased to announce that its Medical Director has been designated as a Civil Surgeon by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
With this designation, Passport Health of Sarasota can now perform Immigration Physicals (also known as an Immigration Medical Examination) for immigrants to the United States who are seeking to adjust their status to permanent residence (“green card applicants”).
Immigration Physicals are performed most days of the week. Passport Health of Sarasota has the ability to provide the required physical examination, tests for immune defenses and exposure Tuberculosis and other communicable disease of public health significance.  Passport Health also is equipped to provide all vaccinations required by the USCIS.
The Immigration Physical is a two-step process.  On the first visit; the immigrant must provide basic information and sign a required immigration form.  If available, the immigrant has an opportunity to present his or her vaccine history. A physical examination and mental evaluation will be performed and the immigrant will be asked questions about his or her health and immunization status. Based on the results of the exam and the health and vaccine history, Passport Health of Sarasota may recommend testing for immune defenses.  It will also perform necessary blood and skin tests.

The immigrant will return to Passport Health of Sarasota two days later for interpretation of any tests performed during the first visit.  At that time, the immigrant will be advised of the need for any vaccines required by the USCIS. Passport Health of Sarasota carries a complete stock of vaccines and has the ability to administer vaccines the same day.

Upon completion of all requirements for the USCIS physical exam, the immigrant will be given the completed and signed I-693 immigration form.  This form will be provided in a sealed envelope that must not be opened by the immigrant.  The sealed envelope must be provided to the USCIS as part of the adjustment of status application.

Call us at (941) 362-0304 to schedule your Immigration Physical Examination today!