Malaria is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. The parasites multiply within the person’s red blood cells and can cause symptoms such as fever, chills, and flu-like symptoms, as well as more serious complications such as anemia, seizures, and organ failure. Malaria is most commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa, but it also occurs in other regions of the world, including parts of South America, Asia, and the Caribbean. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information and guidance to help prevent and control the spread of malaria in the United States and around the world. Getting malaria pills for travel before going to a high risk area is strongly recommended. Read more
What Is Shingle Disease?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not specifically mention “shingle disease.” Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person has had chickenpox, the virus can remain dormant (inactive) in the body and later reactivate as shingles. Shingles typically causes a painful rash with blisters that can occur anywhere on the body, but most often appears as a band or strip of blisters on one side of the torso. Read more
What is Tetanus Disease?
Tetanus is a serious bacterial disease that affects the nervous system and can cause muscle stiffness and spasms, particularly in the jaw and neck muscles. It is caused by the bacteria Clostridium tetani, which often enters the body through a deep wound or cut. Tetanus can be prevented through vaccination including the diphtheria tetanus vaccine. Read more
The Travel Vaccine Clinic: What Is a Travel Clinic?
The travel vaccine clinic, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a healthcare facility that provides preventive care, counseling, and necessary vaccines for individuals who are planning international travel. We help travelers of all ages to stay healthy while they are abroad and prevent the spread of disease with vaccinations for travel. Read more
What is Hepatitis B Disease?
Hepatitis B is a viral infection that affects the liver. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and can lead to serious liver problems, including cirrhosis and liver cancer. The virus is spread through contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person. Symptoms of hepatitis B include fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice). Read more
What are Shingles?
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person has had chickenpox, the virus can remain dormant (inactive) in the body and reactivate later in life as shingles. Symptoms of shingles include pain, burning, tingling, or itching on one side of the body, followed by a red rash that turns into fluid-filled blisters. Read more