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Travel Prescriptions

You may receive prescriptions for the following:

Malaria is life-threatening disease carried by mosquitoes.  It is most common in sub-Saharan Africa and also in parts of South Asia and South America.  People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. Each year 350-500 million cases of malaria occur worldwide, and over one million people die, most of them young children in sub-Saharan Africa.

There is no vaccination to prevent malaria. However, malaria can be prevented and cured. Antimalarial drugs, bed nets and mosquito repellant are effective tools to fight malaria in areas where it is transmitted. Travelers to a malaria-risk area should avoid mosquito bites and take a recommended antimalarial drug.

Ask your travel health professional at Travel Health Services about the pros and cons of anti-malaria medications.  Travel Health Services prescribes one of the four different antimalaria medications that are recommended by the Center for Disease Control: chloroquine, doxycycline, Malarone, and mefloquine (Lariam). Your travel nurse consultant will discuss which malaria medication is appropriate for you based on the region to which you are traveling, potential side effects, and ease of administration. The medication must be taken for a specific period of time before, during and after travel to a malaria endemic area.

Traveler's Diarrhea is the most common travel-related illness, affecting up to half of international travelers. Traveler's Diarrhea is also known at Montezuma's Revenge, Delhi Belly or the Trots and is spread through contaminated food and water.  Travelers visiting Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia are the most at risk.  You can take steps to prevent it by avoiding tap water, food sold by street vendors, raw or undercooked meat and seafood and unpeeled fruits and vegetables.  It can ruin several days of your stay. Travel Health Services educates you to best prevent this illness, and offers a prescription for one of two broad-spectrum antibiotics, ciprofloxin or azithromycin, for immediate treatment of moderate to severe diarrhea.  If diarrhea persists after taking antibiotics, it's important to get tested for possible parasitic infections.  

If you are traveling above 9,000 feet your travel health specialist will make recommendations to prevent altitude sickness and may suggest a medication, Diamox, to prevent symptoms.