Many of you will want to travel, either here in the US or abroad. Travel kits should include a thermometer, Band-aids, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Diphenhydramine (Benadryl), Triple anti-biotic cream, and Hydrocortisone cream as well as any other medications your child is taking on a regular basis. Make sure you bring our office number in case an emergency should arise.
For those headed abroad the CDC website has recommendations for prophylactic medications and vaccinations which may be needed.
For travel to Asia and Africa malaria prophylaxis is generally recommended. The dosing for mefloquine begins 2 weeks prior to travel, all of the weeks out of the country and for 4 weeks on return. Mefloquine is generally dosed at 5 mg/kg/week, and is supplied in 250mg tablets.
Typhoid vaccination protects against salmonella typhi, a food and water borne illness. An injectable form is available for children 2 years and above, and it protects for 2 years. An oral form (Vivotif) is available for children who can swallow capsules. Vivotif is taken every other day for 4 doses and protects for 5 years. Ideally both should be given two to three weeks before travel.
Typhoid vaccination is typically not covered by most health insurance plans. Please call three to four weeks before travel so that we may order the injectable doses of the vaccine for you. The oral form is generally available by prescription in most pharmacies.
If you have any other questions please make an appointment so that we may discuss your travel plans.