Increase in International Travel Fuels Specialty Firm's Growth

BALTIMORE, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Fueled by increasing international business, mission, adoption and leisure trips, travel medicine clinics are among the fastest growth areas in the health care delivery arena. No firm reflects this growth more than Passport Health, the largest provider of travel medicine services in the United States. The health care provider, which counsels 60,000 clients each month, just opened its 160th office.

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In less than two years the firm has grown by more than 50 percent. International travelers -- 33 million last year -- can now enjoy the same comprehensive service throughout the nation. Health departments, primary care physicians, and corporate travel managers all refer travelers to Passport Health because they are specialists in travel medicine. "Primary care physicians appreciate the individualized care we can deliver to their patients," noted Passport Health Founder and CEO Fran Lessans.

Passport Health provides destination-specific travel health information and immunizations for international travelers. Clients include major corporations, universities and NGO's. Three new offices have recently opened in Minneapolis, MN; Columbus, OH; and Vancouver, WA.

Lessans said her firm's growth has been propelled by a growing understanding among international travelers that the right information can prove critical when traveling abroad. "Whether you are traveling for business, pleasure, are doing an intercountry adoption or are on a mission trip, there are some things you need to know to ensure you stay safe and healthy," Lessans said.

Passport Health's Travel Medicine Specialists administer and prescribe vaccinations and medications recommended by the CDC, WHO, and other world surveillance organizations that constantly monitor outbreaks and other health hazards that affect travelers when they arrive at their destination. Services include a full range of immunizations, travel health information, protective vaccines for a healthy lifestyle, and on-site immunizations for groups and organizations, including flu clinics.

Passport Health carries a full line of specialty travel health products including protection kits for malaria, diarrhea, and water purification. Recommended travel vaccines include: Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A and B, Meningococcal, Pneumococcal, Pre-Exposure Rabies and Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis. The company also responds to the community's need for specialty vaccines that are not necessarily related to travel. Protective vaccines for a healthy lifestyle include Shingles and Human Papilloma Virus (which causes cervical cancer).

For more information visit www.passporthealthusa.com or call 1-888-499-PASS(7277).

Media Contact: Jorge Eduardo Castillo

SOURCE Passport Health

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