Reflection #1: Soo Ah Kwon, PharmD Candidate 2021
It was interesting to hear about travel clinic pharmacists and their roles in preventing patients from getting travel-related diseases or sickness. It is always fun to explore other areas of pharmacy and realizing the role of the pharmacist in community health care and education. There is no doubt that more and more people are traveling abroad and this is why having travel clinic pharmacists is crucial. It is very important to educate patients about travel-related diseases, what to avoid while traveling, selection of foods, travel emergency kit, travel health insurance, etc. and making sure them getting vaccinated, take prophylactic medications before traveling and also follow up with them for a post-travel checkup. It was also helpful to know about travel health resources such as CDC travelers’ health website, WHO, International society of travel medicine etc., I can always look it up and give advice to other people who need information about travel health.
Reflection #2: Kevin Dinh, PharmD Candidate 2021
In the past, Dr. Mireles worked as the pharmacist in charge for Sav-On and CVS, and later as a director supervisor for CVS. Now, he is the pharmacist in charge at the Travel Health Center in the Patient Care Center with an expertise in immunizations. With winter break approaching quickly, his talk on travel immunizations is useful for those who are planning to travel out of country. His emphasis on immunizations for people traveling to Vietnam is especially timely for me because I am planning on taking a trip there over winter break. It is good to know that I will not have to worry about vaccinations if I stay around larger cities inVietnam, such as Ho Chi Minh City. However, if I do decide to travel outside the city to more rural or tropical areas, then it is more likely that I will need to additional vaccinations. Fo rexample, closer to the border of Cambodia and Vietnam, there is a much larger risk of malaria. That is why it is important to visit a travel clinic well in advance before a trip to allow adequate time to administer the vaccinations and to inform the pharmacist all the places you plan to visit so that the pharmacist can make the most appropriate recommendations.