Common Infectious Travel Diseases…and How to Avoid Them

In a quest for off the beaten path travel experiences, finding the perfect balance between fun and safety isn’t always easy. You don’t want to miss out on exotic foods, beverages and activities when you travel to faraway lands, but take the wrong risks and you could end up with some unhealthy surprises. We’ve put…

Travel Assistance 101: How to Get a Prescription Filled When Traveling Abroad

You arrive at your hotel in Naples and you notice you forgot to pack your prescription medicine. Great, now what? Feeling panicked, you ask your hotel concierge where the closest pharmacy is located, and as luck would have it there is a pharmacy right down the street from your hotel. Now all you have to…

Q&A with On Call’s Dr. Wheeler: Medical Care in Sub-Saharan Africa

It’s no secret that more and more companies are doing business in Africa. In June 2012, President Obama issued the U.S. Strategy toward Sub-Saharan Africa, committing the United States to enhancing economic growth, trade, and investment in the region. According to the campaign, U.S. trade to and from Africa has tripled over the past decade and Africa is…

3 Ways Travelers Can Protect Themselves (and Others) from Polio

Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease caused by a virus that invades the brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis.  When you first hear the word “polio,” you probably don’t think of a global health emergency. The disease has been around for 5,000 years and has been on a steady decline since the…

Healthy Travel Tips for Pregnant Travelers

What to expect when you are eagerly awaiting the birth of your child is always a hot topic of conversation for moms to be. Whether you’re traveling for a “babymoon” with your partner or hitting the road for business, you’re not alone. Many expectant moms don’t let pregnancy stop them from taking a trip. That’s…