The CIMA Travel Unit aims to provide personalised care for people travelling to ries that special precautionary measures. The idea is to provide all the necessary information and healthcare before and after travel to a ry there are considered to be health risks.
The increase in people travelling around the world, including to exotic ries, has heightened the risk of globally distributed illnesses, ailments caused by changes in climate and food, and so-called tropical diseases.
Most of these illnesses are preventable if professional advice is followed, vaccines are administered, and appropriate medication is used. Consultations at the Travel Unit are personalised and it is recommended that they be scheduled for a minimum of four to five weeks prior to travel, since some vaccines are not immediately effective. During these consultations, the traveller is informed of the risks to which they will be exposed, as well as the measures for preventing them. Furthermore, advice is given on preparing a first-aid kit and the necessary vaccines are administered according to the intended travel destination.
Travel agency packages, immis' need to visit their families, and families' desire to travel mean there are extremely long waiting lists in vaccination centres. Also, last minute travel means that there are people seeking vaccination at the last possible moment.
India, Thailand, Kenya, Tanzania and Brazil are some of the most frequent destinations for the travellers who visit these units. Most patients are in the 20-40 age group, although an increasing number of retirees are deciding to holiday in tropical ries.
The Unit also offers recommendations prior to the trip on infectious diseases orientated towards the future parents of children adopted in other ries. The Travel Unit is coordinated and directed by Doctor María de Arquer and forms part of the centre's Internal Medicine Service, which is coordinated by Doctor César Morcillo.
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