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SCUBA-L  October 2002, Week 5

SCUBA-L October 2002, Week 5

Subject:

Re: Tropical diseases

From:

"Huntzinger, Hugh A [AMSTA-AR-CCL-B]" <[log in to unmask]>

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Scuba diving discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 31 Oct 2002 09:25:01 -0500

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A quick update:


Your local MD should be able to provide you with the name of a local "Travel
Specialist" office, where you can make an appointment to discuss your trip.
We found that we have one office, plus one local hospital, to choose from
locally.

The catch is that its probably not going to be covered by your standard
generic health care HMO.  If your employer lets you put money aside in one
of those pre-tax medical bank accounts, you can apply that, but you're still
going to need your credit card or checkbook at the Doctor's office.

Our appointment was joint for the two of us, and we had our inoculations
history and trip itinerary reviewed and cross-compared.  Good news is no
more shots (for now), plus a pair of complimentary samples of Cipro
(antibiotic), in case we get Traveler's Diarrhea.  Total cost was $85.
Personally, we were expecting it to likely be twice that.


I had two interesting items from the visit:

First, there have been studies done that have concluded that if you do get a
bad enough diarrhea to justify taking an antibiotic, you can also take
"Immodium" as well (and probably should, to reduce dehydration risks as well
as general patient misery).

Second, its really pretty strongly recommended that everyone get the
Hepatitis-A inoculation (and the booster 6 months later) in addition to the
old standby's.  For those of us who are older, its pretty likely that we've
missed getting this inoculation.  You can get this shot from your normal MD,
and standard generic HMO healthcare coverage should pay for it.


Finally, keep an eye on the age of your last Tetanus shot.  There have been
some shortages reported periodically, so its a good idea to plan ahead and
keep it up to date (one every 10 years) than to try to get one on short
notice.  You can get this shot from your normal MD, and standard generic HMO
healthcare coverage should pay for it.


-Hugh

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