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CDC Maps World-Wide Health Risks

Posted: September 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Travel Health Alerts | Tags: , , | Comments Off on CDC Maps World-Wide Health Risks


Cickenpox Outbreak in Glades County Immigration Detention Center

Posted: July 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Travel Health Alerts, Travel Vaccines Updates | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Cickenpox Outbreak in Glades County Immigration Detention Center

On Tuesday, July 3rd it was reported that there was an outbreak of Chickenpox at the Glades County Detention Center in South/Central Florida.  Authorities are watching the outbreak closely as Chickenpox is a very contagious disease that can be spread through physical contact or through the air.

Adults can get chickenpox as well. Taken from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Checkenpox_Adult_back.jpg

We usually associate Chickenpox with childhood but it often happens that adults who were not vaccinated or never had Chickenpox get infected.

Right now the authorities at Glade County Detention Center are working to separate those who have had Chickenpox before and those who have not.  Visitations are cancelled for now.  Since Chickenpox takes 10-21 days to develop those who have never had it before will be placed under observation for the next few weeks.

Chickenpox is caused by the Varicella virus.  The vaccine is called Varivax and it is administered to children in two doses.  One when the child is 12 to 15 months old, and another when he/she is 4-6 years old.  Vaccination is credited with reducing the incidence of the disease by up to 70-90% with a corresponding drop in related hospital admissions and death.  The Vaccine became widespread in the United States in 1995.

Where vaccines are available they are considered the best preventative health measure against disease.


Sarasota Travel Professionals: Admiral Travel International

Posted: June 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota-Bradenton Travel Professionals | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Sarasota Travel Professionals: Admiral Travel International

Ryan and Malaka Hilton’s Team at Admiral Travel offers exclusive travel opportunities to Africa and beyond.

Founded in 1997 by Malaka Hilton, Admiral Travel offers travel packages to locations ranging from South Africa to Scandinavia.

Malaka is an expert on Egypt and loves guiding groups to that destination.  Her husband, Ryan, is from South Africa and is a wildlife expert and photographer.  He leads groups on safaris.  Their staff are seasoned professionals who have experienced most of the world’s most popular and intriguing travel destinations.

They have partnered with the Virtuoso travel network’s top travel supplers in order to offer a wide range of travel options.

In addition they have developed their own brand of escorted luxury tours, available through their own tour division, AuthentEscapes.  These are exclusive tours hosted by renowned experts.   One example is the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival.  Travelers attend this amazing 4-day festival on Oahu and are treated to wine tastings and cooking demonstrations by experts like Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong.  Here’s an example of what one day has to offer:

DAY 2: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7

Mix with the Masters 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join our all-star cast of chefs, food producers and celebrity techies for a delicious day of talks, demos and Hawai’i In A Bowl lunch.
All Day Pass includes:
•    Building A Sense of Plate and Place
•    Get Wild and Raw in Hawai‘i with Masaharu Morimoto and Ming Tsai
•    Hawai‘i In A Bowl: From Poi Bowl to Pho featuring Roy Yamaguchi and Charles Phan
•    BATTLE OF THE FOOD GEEKS: Silicon Valley Startups vs. Roy Yamaguchi, Todd English & More

“Second Annual Halekulani Master Chefs Gala Series: Chefs Who Have Cooked for Presidents and Royalty” 6 p.m.

Master chefs and top sommeliers will “wow” food lovers during an evening of elegant fine dining, with a lavish seven-course meal and extraordinary wine pairings.

Sounds like fun!

Admiral Travel International Offers Exclusive Travel Opportunities to Destinations from Scandinavia to South Africa


Passport Health Sarasota Stores Vaccines Appropriately

Posted: June 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements, Travel Vaccines Updates | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Passport Health Sarasota Stores Vaccines Appropriately

We Store Children’s Shots at Appropriate Temperature and Monitor Regularly

A Child being Vaccinated

Controversy has broken out recently regarding a federal program, organized by the CDC, that provides vaccines to pediatricians for free.   The program is called VFC, Vaccines for Children.  Apparently vaccines stored at most of the providers were not stored properly:

A report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that vaccines stored at the offices of 76% of a sample of providers involved in the CDC program were exposed to inappropriate temperatures for at least five cumulative hours during a 2-week inspection period.

This is a problem since inappropriately stored vaccines become ineffective.  Another mistake that VFC providers were committing was they were storing expired vaccines with active ones.  Storing the two together can lead to a patient being given the wrong vaccine when they need it, another dangerous situation.

At Passport Health Sarasota we monitor the temperature of our vaccine storage refrigerators 24/7.  If one of our refrigerators goes out of range the monitor begins to sound an alarm.  It will continue sounding that alarm until one of our employees manually turns it off and resets the monitor.  We do this to ensure the quality of our vaccines.  Moreover we do NOT store outdated vaccines with in date vaccines.

When choosing where to get your vaccines chose the “Vaccine Specialists” – Passport Health Sarasota.