After the Hurricane: The Travel Health Risks That Still Remain

Long after the storm passes and the rebuilding phase begins, there are lingering dangers major hurricanes can pose to a destination. According to On Call’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. William Siegart, “The consequences of devastating storms like Maria, Irma, and Harvey catch our attention through headlines around casualties, flooding, and damages to property and infrastructure….

The 2017-2018 Flu Season: What’s New, What’s on the Horizon, and How You Can Help Your Travelers Stay Healthy

The 2017-2018 flu season is upon us. And while it’s common to assume the information and advice is the same each year, the truth is, different strains of influenza change over time, and every season is different. According to our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Siegart, “It’s hard to predict exactly what travelers can expect this…

Travel Health Update: Dengue Fever FAQs

Dengue fever vaccine under research.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne illness that tends to be less publicized in the United States, but according to the CDC, the dengue virus is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. There are currently no vaccines to prevent infection with the dengue virus, which makes education about the disease…

Advice for Protecting Your Travelers From Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

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The Zika virus was a trending topic last year, with many Americans cancelling trips abroad due to the outbreak. According to our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Siegart, “Zika is still a big concern and organizations should continue to have an open dialogue with travelers regarding the disease.” “Despite the significant media coverage the Zika virus…

Yellow Fever and Travel: FAQs and Preventative Advice

Yellow fever, a virus endemic to numerous tropical regions in Africa and South America, has been a topic of discussion in the travel sphere since the CDC issued an Alert – Level 2 late last year. According to our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. William Siegart, “Since the Brazilian Ministry of Health reported an outbreak of…

15 ‘Wicked Good’ Travel Tips from the On Call Team

It’s safe to say that having the privilege to work with all of your travelers over the past 20+ years has taught the On Call staff a thing or two about travel. That’s why this month we reached out to our team of dedicated assistance and travel risk management experts for their best advice on staying…

The Most Common Health Risks for Business Travelers [INFOGRAPHIC]

According to the CDC, an estimated 5.1 million people travel outside of the U.S. for business…and for every 100,000 travelers to a developing country, an astounding 50,000 people will experience some sort of health problem abroad. It’s no secret that traveling to an unfamiliar location can pose threats to one’s health—yet, despite these risks, only…

The 2016-2017 Flu Season: 7 Things Your Travelers Should Know

The flu is contagious respiratory disease that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. Often confused with the common cold, the flu can actually lead to some serious complications if left untreated. In fact, 5% to 20% of the U.S. population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from complications each year. Flu.gov also reports…

Do This, Not That: 8 (Avoidable) Mistakes Travelers Make Overseas

Are you fairly new to the world of travel…but don’t want to blow your cover? Or, maybe you’ve put in some serious frequent flier miles, but you still find yourself repeating the same mistakes over (and over) again? No one is a perfect traveler, but with a little extra preparation we can all get a…

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Summer Games in Rio: Tips for a Safe & Healthy Trip

Rio and its residents are preparing for hundreds of thousands of visitors in addition to thousands of athletes, staff and media for the Games this summer. The energy and excitement of this many people at a major sporting event certainly makes for a great atmosphere, but it also opens up some health and safety concerns….