Traveling can be one of the most fulfilling things in life, but many people don’t recognize the dangers of it.
Whether you’re traveling for leisure or traveling for business, travelling to almost any part of the world carries its own health risks. That’s why it’s so important to seek professional advice from a healthcare professional.
Unfortunately, sometimes travellers forget or intentionally choose to forgo travel health advice before their travel without fully understanding the risks.
At Mint, one of the most unforgettable moments that comes to mind was when a traveller had come in for a travel health consultation requesting a specific, more rare type of vaccine. He was travelling to Thailand to visit his friend who was on life support. Unfortunately, his friend had travelled to Thailand without receiving travel health advice or vaccines and picked up a rare viral disease from a mosquito.
The friend was devastated and rushing to get to Thailand to see him, but understood the importance of protecting himself before going.
Through this experience, we’re extremely grateful to say that our team of ISTM-certified travel health pharmacists were able to provide him with both the education and quicker, more tailored vaccination schedule than is typical to help our patient accomplish his goal of flying out as soon as possible.
While it’s true that any prescribing pharmacist or doctor could provide travel vaccines, seeing a healthcare professional that is certified through the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) is a guarantee that they are practicing at an international standard of care, and are recognized worldwide as travel clinicians.
No matter what the circumstances are, at Mint, we’re always here to help.