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Passport Health on 9News with Dr. John Torres and the importance of Travel Vaccinations

June 1, 2011

KUSA 9-News recently did a story on travel vaccinations and interviewed one of our clients and our president.
Please visit our In The News page to view the story:
Passport Health on 9-News

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Top 10 Tips For Staying Well on Spring Break

March 9, 2010

Michelle Reesman, RN, Executive Director of Passport Health Colorado, says far too many Spring Break travelers leave home without taking the basic steps she suggests below. “Younger travelers may feel invincible, but they still need to put the same kind of preparation into their health and safety as they do into their destination choice, passport acquisition or flight plans. Too many otherwise wonderful trips are spoiled when these simple rules are ignored” Reesman advises.

  1. Getting sick while you travel is no fun. Prepare for a safe and healthy trip by getting advice from a travel health professional before international travel. The professional will give you the most up-to-date recommendations for malaria, anti-diarrheal medication and immunizations for your trip.
  2. Protect yourself from insect bites. Use insect repellants with 20-35% DEET on all exposed areas of skin. If not staying in an air-conditioned room, use a bed net. The insect repellant “permethrin” can be sprayed on clothing and bed nets.
  3. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 – as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology.
  4. Don’t drink tap water or drinks made with ice. And brush your teeth with bottled water. Bottled water is plentiful in most areas around the world.
  5. Eat only hot, well-cooked, foods. If you eat fresh fruit and veggies, make sure you can peel the skins yourself. Bananas and oranges are examples.
  6. Swim in well-chlorinated pools and salt water. Avoid swimming or wading in rivers, lakes and ponds, which can contain parasites.
  7. Be aware of local laws. Some countries have severe penalties for illegal drugs and excessive use of alcohol.
  8. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death and injury among travelers. Wear a seatbelt in the car and a helmet while riding a motorcycle. Travel only during daylight hours.
  9. Take along a basic first-aid kit. Include medications such as ibuprofen for pain relief.  Discuss the options for treatment of travelers’ diarrhea with a travel health specialist.
  10. Prevent sexually transmitted diseases by using condoms bought in the United States.

Have fun, Reesman advises. Spring Break only comes around once a year!

Michelle Reesman, RN is the Executive Director and Co-Owner of Passport Health Colorado. She holds a Certificate in Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine and counsels thousands of travelers every year who are venturing to all corners of the globe.  Passport Health Colorado, with offices in Glendale/Cherry Creek, Lakewood, Boulder, Centennial, Colorado Springs, and now Fort Collins, offers immunizations, medications and destination specific international wellness information. For more information, visit PassportHealthCO.com.

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H1N1 Shots Available to Everyone

December 12, 2009

We are pleased to announce that five Passport Health Colorado locations are offering the H1N1 vaccine for the general public. Anyone 6 months of age and older is now eligible to receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine.  All vaccines are first come, first served and while supplies last.

Our current clinic listings are:

Boulder: Saturday, December 12th walk-in clinic (no appointment needed) between 10a – 2p. Saturday, December 19th by appointment only between 10a – 2p. Weekdays by appointment only.
Lakewood: Saturday, December 12th walk-in clinic (no appointment needed) between 10a – 2p. Weekdays by appointment only.
Centennial: Weekdays by appointment only.
Cherry Creek: Saturday, December 19th by appointment only between 9a – 12p or walk-in (no appointment needed) between 12p – 4p. Weekdays by appointment only.
Colorado Springs: Weekdays by appointment only.

We also still have Seasonal Flu vaccines available for anyone who would like it.

Please call us at (303) 442-8728, (719) 387-5528 or (970) 484-2148 to schedule an appointment or for directions to any of our offices.

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H1N1 Shots Available

December 7, 2009

Passport Health Colorado now has doses of 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine available in our Boulder, Lakewood, Cherry Creek, and Colorado Springs offices (nasal spray and injectable shot versions), and are expecting to receive doses H1N1 influenza vaccine in our other offices soon. Keep watching our website for upcoming H1N1 clinic date and times in our 6 offices.

  • Boulder: During the week (Monday through Friday) by appointment only or Saturday, December 12th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, walk-in clinic (no appointment needed)
  • Lakewood: During the week (Monday through Friday) by appointment only or Saturday, December 12th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, walk-in clinic (no appointment needed)
  • Cherry Creek: During the week (Monday through Friday) by appointment only
  • Colorado Springs: During the week (Monday through Friday) by appointment only

The H1N1 vaccine is currently reserved for clients in one of five risk categories:

  1. Pregnant Women
  2. Caregivers or household contacts of infants under 6 months of age
  3. Children and students aged 6 months through 24 years
  4. Healthcare workers
  5. Adults over 24 years of age with underlying health conditions. Examples of those conditions include chronic pulmonary (asthma, COPD, lung disease), cardiovascular (congestive heart failure), hepatic (hepatitis, cirrhosis), hematological (leukemia), neurologic (epilepsy, Parkinsons), neuromuscular (MS), metabolic (diabetes), or immunosuppressive disorders (cancer, AIDS, HIV, steroid medications).

The price for all H1N1 shots are FREE, however there is a $15.00 vaccine administration fee per dose.

Seasonal flu vaccine is also now available on a first come, first served basis. We have limited doses of both injectable (ages 6 months and up) and FluMist nasal spray vaccine (ages 2-49 years and healthy).

For an appointment in any of our locations, please call (303) 442-8728 or (719) 387-5528 or (970) 484-2148

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Will the 2009 H1N1 (Swine Flu) Influenza Vaccines be Safe?

September 28, 2009

We have received this question many times, mostly from people assuming that the vaccine is a brand new vaccine that is being catapulted through the testing and approval process. It is important to note that the 2009 H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine is not a “new” or experimental vaccine; it’s simply a new strain of the influenza virus, which is turned into a vaccine using the same process that seasonal flu vaccine goes through each year in production. The response to the 2009 H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine should be similar to seasonal flu vaccine. Here is the CDC’s response to this question:

“We expect the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine to have a similar safety profile as seasonal flu vaccines, which have a very good safety track record. Over the years, hundreds of millions of Americans have received seasonal flu vaccines. The most common side effects following flu vaccinations are mild, such as soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be closely monitoring for any signs that the vaccine is causing unexpected adverse events and we will work with state and local health officials to investigate any unusual events.”

If you experience abnormal side effects after receiving the novel H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine, always report your symptoms to the doctor or health care professional that administered the vaccine. This will enable a report to be submitted to a nationwide database that allows tracking of trends for side effects.

For more information on 2009 H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine safety, please visit the CDC safety website.

Written by: Holly Brown, Office Manager for Passport Health Colorado

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Seasonal Flu Vaccines By Appoinment Only

September 25, 2009

There is now a limited supply of seasonal flu vaccine. Call Passport Health Colorado to be put on our waiting list and we will be providing seasonal flu vaccine based on the waiting list as we receive vaccine.

Prices for Seasonal Flu Vaccine fr September 2009 – May 2010 are as follows:

  • Adult Flu Shot (Adult 18+ years) = $25
  • Pediatric Thimerasol-free Flu Shot = $40
  • FluMist – Thimerasol-free (ages 2-49 only, intra-nasal spray) = $40

Receipt provided upon request. Passport Health IS NOT a Medicare/Medicaid provider and WILL NOT submit claims.

Policy for Vaccinating Children: Minimum of 6 months of age. For the first year of immunization the child will require 2 doses, 30 days apart. Children under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult. Administration of vaccine is first come, first served.

All flu vaccines are by appointment only, please call 303-442-8728; 719-387-5528 or 970-484-2148 to be put on a waiting list.

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How can I get the H1N1 vaccine?

September 15, 2009

Here’s the latest new as of September 9, 2009. In the state of Colorado, H1N1 “Swine Flu” vaccine will only be available through county health departments in October-December to high-risk groups. Private providers, like Passport Health Colorado, will be able to provide H1N1 vaccine to the general public as of January 1, 2010.

On a national level, Passport Health is working closely with the CDC to be a provider for the H1N1 vaccine nation-wide. Here at Passport Health Colorado, we are working closely with our colleagues at the health departments to get doses for our clients. Last week, I attended a meeting with all of the Denver metro county health departments to get an update on what they are planning for H1N1 vaccine delivery.

The first doses of H1N1 vaccine are expected to ship sometime in October. For all of November and December, the health departments will be running community clinics and focusing on high priority clients only (pregnant women, school children and young adults up to age 24, caregivers of infants, healthcare workers, adults with chronic medical conditions ONLY). The general message from all counties is that H1N1 doses for all non-priority clients will not be made available to community vaccinators (such as Passport Health Colorado) until after January 1, 2010.

Once doses are available, we will be scheduling walk-in clinics in our offices as well as corporate H1N1 clinics. Prior to January, our clients in the priority risk groups should receive the vaccine through community channels. Please continue to check our website and this blog for more updates. We will post community clinic dates as information becomes available.

Written by: Rebecca Sundhagen, RN, BSN; Nurse Manager for Passport Health Colorado

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