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Increase in International Travel Fuels Specialty Firm's Growth

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 General News J E 4
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BALTIMORE, April 29 Fueled by increasing internationalbusiness, mission, adoption and leisure trips, travel medicine clinics areamong the fastest growth areas in the health care delivery arena. No firmreflects this growth more than Passport Health, the largest provider of travelmedicine services in the United States. The health care provider, whichcounsels 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 samecomprehensive service throughout the nation. Health departments, primary carephysicians, and corporate travel managers all refer travelers to PassportHealth because they are specialists in travel medicine. "Primary carephysicians appreciate the individualized care we can deliver to theirpatients," noted Passport Health Founder and CEO Fran Lessans.

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

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

Passport Health's Travel Medicine Specialists administer and prescribevaccinations and medications recommended by the CDC, WHO, and other worldsurveillance organizations that constantly monitor outbreaks and other healthhazards that affect travelers when they arrive at their destination. Servicesinclude a full range of immunizations, travel health information, protectivevaccines for a healthy lifestyle, and on-site immunizations for groups andorganizations, including flu clinics.

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

For more information visit www.passporthealthusa.com or call1-888-499-PASS(7277).

Media Contact: Jorge Eduardo Castillo410.727.0556 jorge@passporthealthusa.com

SOURCE Passport Health
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