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Vaccinated Summer Vacation

     Summer is here and we're getting ready for our family summer vacation. This year's trip is to South Africa! We're excited to see cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg and do things like wildlife safaris and tour the dunes, deltas and falls. We are really eager to go, but before any of the fun begins we have to make sure that we get all of our vaccinations and medicines in order.

Travelling anywhere outside of the country can be a fun and knowledge-gathering experience, but you must check the vaccines and medicines list necessary for that particular country before you go. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that you must visit your doctor 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to get the vaccines and medicines you may need. The trip to South Africa requires that all travelers make sure that they are up-to-date on routine vaccines, including measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccines, varicella vaccine and a yearly flu shot. Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines are highly recommended when visiting South Africa because contaminated food or water could be a problem. You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so the CDC recommends this vaccination as well.

The more exotic types of diseases when talking about Africa are malaria and rabies. Malaria is transmitted through mosquito bites. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on travel plans. Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in South Africa, so if you're going to be doing a lot of outdoor activities such as safaris, hiking, camping and biking, then getting this vaccine is a must.

So off to the doctor we went, just barely inside that 4 to 6 week window. The nice thing about the type of doctor we have is that we didn't have to make an appointment. Our primary and urgent health clinic down the street provides lots of services, including but not limited to vaccinations, lab services, weight management and general wellness.

A growing number of urgent and primary care clinics have been opening up across the United States and the reasons are simple. People wanted ease-of-use, close-to-home and no appointment necessary convenience. They also wanted extra services and follow-up care with the 'personal touch' of a physician. Hospitals these days simply aren't capable of handling so many people with primary and urgent care types of needs. The masses using emergency rooms for non-emergency ills has simply put too much pressure on the hospitals. Studies have shown that even legitimate cases were having to wait for over 6 hours in many instances. This is why urgent and primary care clinics have been so successful and why even hospitals are opening up satellite clinics everywhere.

Insurers are also noticing the need for these clinics as well. They understand that preventative medicine is much less expensive to care for than a full-blown illness or disease. For this reason, insurers are now starting to pay providers to keep patients healthy and out of the hospital, serving as an inexpensive and convenient alternative to emergency rooms or physician's offices.

Quite simply, dealing with clinics for most medical needs is a much more pleasant occurrence than any alternative. Our personal experience with our doctor, even though we went in at the last minute of our 4 to 6 week window, was a complete breeze!

Now fully vaccinated and armed with our malaria medicine, we thank our urgent and primary care physician and are now ready to go to South Africa. A souvenir from our trip is definitely in the cards for our doctor!

Copyright (c) 2013 Eli Gali

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