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April 2, 2019
CDC map of states with measles cases as of March 28, 2019

Prior to the development of a measles vaccine in 1963, the CDC reported an average of 500,000 cases of measles and up to 500 deaths a year in the US, mostly in children. Measles was eventually declared eliminated from the US in 2000 as a result of a... Read More

December 14, 2018
The trek to the Lost City may include river crossings

The trek to the lost city in Colombia is amazing but still a challenging jungle expedition.  You will encounter a variety of conditions and terrain. I’ve compiled my list of top ten tips for packing and preparation. Bring... Read More

December 12, 2018
Ancient terraces of the Lost City in Colombia

 The “Lost City” (Ciudad Perdida in Spanish) is one of South America’s “hidden” gems, tucked away in the remote jungle of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains. If you’re adventurous and fit, the trek to get there is an experience of... Read More

December 5, 2018
Lanes blocked off for Ciclovia

Hola! This is TravelBug's Norm Bizon checking in from South America. 

We arrived on a red-eye flight in Colombia’s capital city of Bogotá after a long layover in Houston and a flight delay.  My body cried out for some sleep, but after a few cups of good Colombian coffee I was ready to go... Read More

November 30, 2018
The new shingles vaccine is very effective at preventing shingles

Today I would like to answer some of the questions I have been getting from my patients about the new Shingles vaccine, Shingrix®.

Shingrix® was approved for use in October 2017. It offers up... Read More

October 29, 2018
Get a Flu shot this season and save yourself the misery

How can you tell that Fall has arrived in Arizona? The license plates are changing color and flu season is back. Every flu season is a little different and there is a lot of confusing information out there. Today I will try to help sort out the facts and answer some common questions... Read More

April 27, 2017
U.S. Shortage of Yellow Fever Vaccine | Source:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that Sanofi Pasteur’s yellow fever vaccine (YF-Vax®) will be unavailable from mid-2017 to mid-2019 (latest estimate as of Oct,... Read More

April 27, 2017
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases | National Institutes of Health

As part of World Immunization Week, we're taking the time to recognize World Malaria Day, which highlights a global effort to prevent and eradicate malaria.  Malaria is a serious and often life-threatening disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Malaria affects millions of people across the... Read More