Diabetes and Air Travel: A Guide for Your Travelers

Traveling can be exciting and rewarding, but traveling with a chronic medical condition can sometimes add additional stress and complexity. One of the most common chronic diseases affecting travelers is diabetes. In fact, according to the American Diabetes Association, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed every year. “Travelers with diabetes face a special challenge; however, most…

Protecting Your Travelers from Foodborne Illnesses

The recent outbreaks of E. coli and Salmonella in the U.S. draw attention to the possibility of acquiring a foodborne illness, even in resource-rich areas. And for travelers, the risks can be even higher. According to On Call’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. William Siegart, “When traveling, one should be mindful of foodborne illness risks, particularly…

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Student Travel: A Q+A with Dr. William Siegart

While most college-age students have been aware of the risks of sexually transmitted diseases and the need to practice safe sex for years, reminding and educating study abroad students on the risks of sexually transmitted diseases provides yet another opportunity for institutions to prepare and help protect their constituents before they depart for their programs…

Russia World Cup 2018: Safety Tips and Recommendations for Your Travelers

Authors: Betsy Perry and Ray Lyngdoh The Russia World Cup 2018 will take place amongst increasing diplomatic tensions, causing some additional safety and security concerns for visitors. However, if travelers take the right precautions, a safe and enjoyable experience is possible. Read on for safety tips and recommendations for those traveling to the Russia World…

Air Pollution & Travel: 4 Effective Strategies for a Healthier Trip

Outdoor pollution is a public health concern around the globe. Recent data from the World Health Organization (WHO) further illustrates how our health is compromised when exposed to air pollution that has accumulated in high-enough concentrations: Outdoor air pollution has grown 8% globally in the past five years, with billions of people around the world…

Less Stress, Healthier Travel: Tips and Strategies for Organizations

Business travel can be frantic – riddled with early mornings, late nights and non-stop meetings, all without the normal comforts and routines experienced at home. In fact, according to our national survey, over a third of business travelers (36%) believe that work-related travel makes them more stressed than normal. And it’s easy to see why….

Chronic Illness and Travel: Preparation Strategies and Advice From Our Chief Medical Officer

According to the CDC, as of 2012, roughly half of all adults had one or more chronic health conditions.  As an organization sending individuals abroad, it’s your duty of care (i.e. your moral and legal responsibility) to prepare and protect all of your travelers. It’s also important to consider spending a bit of extra time…

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 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…