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With hundreds of travel clinics in North America, Passport Health is your one-stop shop to get travel immunizations, travel medicine, yellow fever vaccinations, typhoid vaccinations, travel health advice and passport and visa expediting services before your international journey. Certified Yellow Fever Vaccine Provider, Passport and Visa Expediting Services, Travel Vaccination & Consultation

When a sick person sneezes in public, how long does their flu or cold virus survive in the world?
02/15/2020
How Long Do Viruses Survive Outside the Body? | Passport Health

When a sick person sneezes in public, how long does their flu or cold virus survive in the world?

We may take steps to avoid the cold and flu during the winter, but it what if the bacteria is unavoidable? That's the unfortunate case for many people because cold and flu viruses can survive outside…

With less than 8 months until the Real ID Act goes into effect, do travelers need a new ID if they travel with a passpor...
02/14/2020
Should I Get a Real ID If I Have a Passport? | Passport Health

With less than 8 months until the Real ID Act goes into effect, do travelers need a new ID if they travel with a passport?

With the date of the Real ID Act approaching, many American travelers are still confused about some aspects. Before boarding a flight, travelers may need a new license or ID to start their trip.…

Rather than leaving Yosemite with photos of the national park, 170 visitors came down with norovirus. What caused the ou...
02/13/2020
How Did Norovirus Infect 170 People at Yosemite? | Passport Health

Rather than leaving Yosemite with photos of the national park, 170 visitors came down with norovirus. What caused the outbreak?

While visiting Yosemite National Park, travelers likely expect stunning landscapes and incredible hiking. But, 170 visitors recently came down with norovirus on their trips to Yosemite. Park and…

There's still a chance the coronavirus outbreak is declared a pandemic, so what does that declaration mean?
02/12/2020
Understanding pandemics: Key questions as the coronavirus spreads

There's still a chance the coronavirus outbreak is declared a pandemic, so what does that declaration mean?

The word “pandemic” is not a comforting one. And yet it is increasingly being bandied about in connection with the spread of the novel coronavirus.

An experimental Zika vaccine may be more versatile than expected, also offering protection against dengue.
02/12/2020
New Zika Vaccine Could Also Prevent Dengue | Passport Health

An experimental Zika vaccine may be more versatile than expected, also offering protection against dengue.

In trying to find a vaccine for Zika virus, scientists may have also found a solution for dengue fever. An experimental vaccine from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research created antibodies that fight both viruses in a study. Authors from the study hope that this will help us fight Zika and den...

Flu cases reached 19 million in the US last week, with a higher chance than usual of catching the virus twice this seaso...
02/11/2020
People Could Catch Flu Multiple Times This Season | Passport Health

Flu cases reached 19 million in the US last week, with a higher chance than usual of catching the virus twice this season.

The 2019-2020 flu season got off to a strange start with the B strain of the virus causing most early cases. But, as we enter peak flu season, an A strain of the virus is now on the rise across the…

Bats may carry some of the world's deadliest diseases, but what keeps the animals safe from those illnesses?
02/10/2020
Bats Carry Many Viruses. So Why Don't They Get Sick?

Bats may carry some of the world's deadliest diseases, but what keeps the animals safe from those illnesses?

The winged mammal has a unique ability to carry viruses and not get sick from them. This tolerance may be a unique adaptation to flying.

After Brexit, what kind of changes, if any, can U.S. citizens expect next time they visit the United Kingdom?
02/08/2020
How Does Brexit Affect American Travelers? | Passport Health

After Brexit, what kind of changes, if any, can U.S. citizens expect next time they visit the United Kingdom?

Early in 2020, Brexit became official, with the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. While the change does have some big affects throughout Europe, what can American travelers expect the next…

Even if you don't remember your first flu infection, your body does and that could make it easier (or harder) to fight t...
02/07/2020
The First Flu You Catch as a Child is Important | Passport Health

Even if you don't remember your first flu infection, your body does and that could make it easier (or harder) to fight the virus now.

Most people may not remember their first flu infection, but the immune system does. Whether it is a strain of the H1N1 or H3N2 flu, that first infection can help the body better fight the virus upon…

Just a single dose of the HPV vaccine can go a long way in reducing risks of the virus like cervical cancer.
02/06/2020
Single Dose of HPV Vaccine May Prevent Virus | Passport Health

Just a single dose of the HPV vaccine can go a long way in reducing risks of the virus like cervical cancer.

Since its introduction in 2006, the HPV vaccine has required multiple doses to fully protect against the virus. But, a recent study shows just how effective a single dose of the vaccine can be.…

From the bubonic plague to the... bubonic plague, how well have quarantines worked throughout history?
02/05/2020
A History Of Quarantines, From Bubonic Plague To Typhoid Mary

From the bubonic plague to the... bubonic plague, how well have quarantines worked throughout history?

China's efforts to build a quarantine center for suspected Wuhan coronavirus patients is the latest chapter about a practice that's as old as the Bible.

After trying to stop a cholera outbreak that lasted for 9 years, Haiti hit a milestone going one year without new cases.
02/05/2020
Haiti Officially Cholera-Free After a Year Without Disease

After trying to stop a cholera outbreak that lasted for 9 years, Haiti hit a milestone going one year without new cases.

Starting shortly after Haiti's devastating earthquake in 2010, the country's cholera outbreak lasted for nine years. After finally ending the outbreak in 2019, Haiti has taken even more steps to keep…

Thanks to the two prominent flu strains this season, it's possible to get sick with the flu twice.
02/04/2020
You can get the flu twice in one year

Thanks to the two prominent flu strains this season, it's possible to get sick with the flu twice.

While rare, it’s totally possible to suffer the misery of two bouts of flu in one season. And, sadly, this year—which is shaping up to be a so-called double-barreled flu season—it might be more likely than usual.

Open office layouts may help boost creativity, but how do they affect employee health?
02/04/2020
How Do Open Offices Affect Employee Health? | Passport Health

Open office layouts may help boost creativity, but how do they affect employee health?

Businesses and offices filled with young employees will often try an open-plan office layout, rather than cubicles or individual desks. While the layout may increase creativity, what kind of affect…

With the coronavirus outbreak now a global health emergency, how long will it take to create a vaccine for the virus?
02/01/2020
How Long to Develop a Coronavirus Vaccine? | Passport Health

With the coronavirus outbreak now a global health emergency, how long will it take to create a vaccine for the virus?

The coronavirus outbreak has reached across the globe, with the WHO declaring a health emergency. Looking to slow the virus, multiple companies and labs have already started development for a…

The WHO set a goal to eliminate many diseases by 2030, so what steps can take to end these illnesses?
01/31/2020
How Can We Eliminate Diseases This Decade? | Passport Health

The WHO set a goal to eliminate many diseases by 2030, so what steps can take to end these illnesses?

Even after taking strides in disease prevention last decade, there's a lot of room for improvement in 2020. As we enter a new decade, the World Health Organization to eliminate some of the most…

Coronavirus may be getting more attention, but the flu remains a much more dangerous health risk in North America.
01/30/2020
Worried About Catching The New Coronavirus? In The U.S., Flu Is A Bigger Threat

Coronavirus may be getting more attention, but the flu remains a much more dangerous health risk in North America.

At least 8,000 people have died from the flu in the U.S. this season. The good news: Easy steps you can take now to protect against the flu may also help you steer clear of the new coronavirus.

Medications like ibuprofen may seem perfect to treat symptoms from chickenpox, but they can also cause some serious side...
01/30/2020
Why Ibuprofen is Dangerous to Use for Chickenpox | Passport Health

Medications like ibuprofen may seem perfect to treat symptoms from chickenpox, but they can also cause some serious side effects.

When children are sick with chickenpox, parents often reach for any medicine or treatment to ease the painful symptoms. But, for risk of life-threatening consequences, parents should avoid…

The likely source of coronavirus and many other diseases, how do bats carry so many dangerous illnesses?
01/29/2020
How Do Bats Live With So Many Viruses?

The likely source of coronavirus and many other diseases, how do bats carry so many dangerous illnesses?

They are considered the probable source of the coronavirus outbreak spreading from China. It turns out that they may have an immune system that lets them coexist with many disease-causing viruses.

After years of record-breaking outbreaks in countries like Yemen and Haiti, cholera cases dropped by 60% in 2018.
01/29/2020
Cholera Cases Dropped Significantly in 2018 | Passport Health

After years of record-breaking outbreaks in countries like Yemen and Haiti, cholera cases dropped by 60% in 2018.

Despite just finishing a decade filled with cholera outbreaks around the world, there's hope for cholera elimination. That's because cholera cases dropped by 60% around the world in 2018, with early…

Could your blood type make you more resistant to the stomach flu and norovirus?
01/28/2020
Does Blood Type Affect Risk of the Stomach Flu? | Passport Health

Could your blood type make you more resistant to the stomach flu and norovirus?

If you've felt like your immune system can't stop the stomach flu, there may be a reason for that problem. A recent study found that blood type can influence the body's ability to fight norovirus.…

The CDC confirmed the fifth coronavirus case in the United States after a patient in Arizona returned from Wuhan, China.
01/27/2020
Coronavirus Case Confirmed In Arizona, Bringing U.S. Total To 5

The CDC confirmed the fifth coronavirus case in the United States after a patient in Arizona returned from Wuhan, China.

The CDC expects the number of confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus in the U.S. to increase — but says the overall health risk of disease transmission in the country is low.

Whether dealing with a sore throat or nausea, which tea can help you ease the painful symptoms of a cold or flu?
01/25/2020
Which Tea Can Help Ease Cold and Flu Symptoms? | Passport Health

Whether dealing with a sore throat or nausea, which tea can help you ease the painful symptoms of a cold or flu?

Even while sick with the flu or a cold, many employees continue working through those painful symptoms. Luckily, there are many different teas that we can drink to help alleviate those symptoms. But,…

As the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak continues, how can travelers to China stay free of the virus?
01/24/2020
Traveling to China, How Can I Avoid the Coronavirus? | Passport Health

As the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak continues, how can travelers to China stay free of the virus?

The coronavirus that began in Wuhan, China has already been confirmed in Japan, South Korea and the United States. With many countries working to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, travelers…

Would you try a flu vaccine in pill form? Successful trials on humans make this new vaccine a real possibility.
01/23/2020
Flu vaccine in a pill as effective as injectable form in human trials

Would you try a flu vaccine in pill form? Successful trials on humans make this new vaccine a real possibility.

Phase 2 human trial results have been published demonstrating the impressive efficacy of an oral form of the influenza vaccine. The trial compared the pill to the most commonly used injectable flu vaccine and found it as safe and effective as its counterpart.

A deadly coronavirus started in Wuhan, China, quickly making its way to various countries, including the US. Should we b...
01/23/2020
Should I Be Worried About a Coronavirus? | Passport Health

A deadly coronavirus started in Wuhan, China, quickly making its way to various countries, including the US. Should we be worried about catching a coronavirus?

Over just a few weeks, a coronavirus began infecting people in Wuhan, China, then was confirmed shortly after in Japan, South Korea and the United States. Already causing hundreds of cases and…

With a new coronavirus arriving in the US, officials debate whether to share research and experiments on similar viruses...
01/22/2020
How Much Should The Public Be Told About Research Into Risky Viruses?

With a new coronavirus arriving in the US, officials debate whether to share research and experiments on similar viruses.

The U.S. government this week is pondering how much the public needs to know about funding decisions for studies and experiments that involve tinkering with already dangerous viruses.

The coronavirus outbreak may have started in Wuhan, China, but officials confirmed the first infection in the U.S. today...
01/22/2020
What is a Coronavirus? | Passport Health

The coronavirus outbreak may have started in Wuhan, China, but officials confirmed the first infection in the U.S. today. So, what is a coronavirus?

After a few dozen cases began in Wuhan, China, a mysterious coronavirus has now spread to countries like Japan and South Korea. The first case in the United States was also confirmed, after an…

How helpful is a flu shot if it doesn't match the most prominent strains during a flu season?
01/21/2020
How Helpful is a Less-Effective Flu Vaccine? | Passport Health

How helpful is a flu shot if it doesn't match the most prominent strains during a flu season?

We expect to have a strong flu vaccine every year, but what happens when the shot is less effective? As we've seen during recent outbreaks, mutated strains of the flu might lead to a "bad" flu shot.…

How does the UAE's new five-year tourist visa change travel to the country?
01/18/2020
What is the UAE’s New Five-Year Tourist Visa? | Passport Health

How does the UAE's new five-year tourist visa change travel to the country?

It's only been two years since the United Arab Emirates started offering stopover visas to attract more tourists. In 2020, the UAE will now make some changes to further boost the country's tourism. A…

How can microbes cause illnesses like cancer and heart disease to be contagious?
01/17/2020
Cancer and Heart Disease Could Be Contagious Through Our Microbiomes, Scientists Argue

How can microbes cause illnesses like cancer and heart disease to be contagious?

It’s a science lesson you probably learned in grade school: You can only catch certain illnesses, like the flu, from another person. But a new paper argues that many diseases seen as noncommunicable, like most cancers and heart disease, might be transmissible sometimes—thanks to the seemingly ha...

Millions of people still rely on bed nets coated in insecticides to prevent malaria. How did mosquitoes become resistant...
01/17/2020
How Do Malaria Mosquitoes Fight Insecticides? | Passport Health

Millions of people still rely on bed nets coated in insecticides to prevent malaria. How did mosquitoes become resistant to those same pesticides?

Still lacking a widely-available vaccine for malaria, mosquito nets and insecticides are a key in fighting the virus. But, after years of using the pesticides on bed nets, the insects have become…

China's mysterious coronavirus is spreading to other countries, with the first case confirmed in Japan.
01/16/2020
Japan Confirms First Case of New Chinese Coronavirus

China's mysterious coronavirus is spreading to other countries, with the first case confirmed in Japan.

The detection of the virus in Japan adds to fears that it will spread outside China’s borders after a case was also reported in Thailand this week.

Could a flu shot that uses nanoparticles get us closer to a universal flu vaccine?
01/16/2020
Flu Shot Uses Nanoparticles, Prevents 6 Strains | Passport Health

Could a flu shot that uses nanoparticles get us closer to a universal flu vaccine?

Researchers update the flu shot every year to deal with new strains of the virus. But, in the ongoing search for a universal flu vaccine, Georgia State may have found a helpful addition to the shot:…

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