Travel Requirements & Supplements for when you’re on the move
Expert insight on travel experiences from pharmacist Andrea Branvold-Herr
We are all well aware that traveling is not as easy as it used to be, and we now have concerns that we would never have imagined before the pandemic. International destinations may have their unique requirements for entry, such as proof of vaccinations, country-specific mandatory travel insurance, Covid pre-travel tests, masks, and possibly more.
My husband and I recently took a trip to St Maarten/St Martin, a dual-nation island in the Caribbean. There were a lot of “what-ifs” that went through my mind about potentially getting Covid while there or testing positive on the mandatory test required to get back into the United States. Everyone has heard plenty of Covid travel horror stories, and regardless if you travel internationally or not, getting sick right before or during travel is a stressful potential reality.
The Supplements We Chose for Our “Healthy Travel”
This was our first trip where masks were not required in the airport or on the plane, so I wanted to do whatever we could to give the immune system extra “support”. As pharmacists, we are used to taking many vitamins and supplements for general wellness, and we believe in being proactive with our health. We strongly believe it is essential to use high-quality products that we trust are sourced and tested.
Town & Country Compounding carries professional grade supplements only sold through healthcare practitioner offices.
Pictured: John Herr & Andrea Branvold-Herr
Immune System Support was our Primary Health Focus during our trip.
CofixRX™ Nasal Spray has been my primary “go-to” product since being introduced late last year. With twice daily usage, the bottles do not last long, so we advise people to stock up for each family member. I use the spray every day, regardless of travel, and I use it twice in preparation and during my trip.
CofixRX™ Povidone–Iodine Nasal Spray
Protect Those You Care For!
CofixRX™ is the additional layer of protection trusted by hundreds of pharmacists and doctors nationwide.
CofixRX™ is especially useful for at-risk populations, essential workers, and places where social distancing can be challenging, such as hospitals, schools, airports, restaurants, shops, movie theaters, bowling alleys, family gatherings, etc.
Active Ingredients: Povidone–Iodine 1.25%
*Not intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 or other viruses. Not intended to be a substitute for vaccines or other approved therapeutics
ViraPlex & OrthoMune
A targeted blend of nutrients designed to provide broad-spectrum support to the body’s immune reserves. This powerful combination works to promote healthy respiratory and immune function.
The formula includes:
- Quercetin is a potent bioflavonoid that aids in supporting the immune system.
- Vitamin C, N-acetyl cysteine are potent antioxidants that promote respiratory function and support the function of quercetin.
- Vitamin D, Zinc are essential micronutrients needed to create a robust immune reserve.
- Provides Support for Immune Challenges
- Strengthens Immune Function
- Maintains Normal Inflammatory Balance
Viracid includes a powerful combination of essential nutrients and botanical extracts supporting immune challenges.
Viracid contains the synergistic nutrient blend of zinc, vitamin C, vitamin A, L-lysine, and pantothenic acid, which play a significant role in maintaining a healthy, functioning immune system.
Traditional Herbal Immune Support
- Supports Healthy Immune and Respiratory Function*
- Supports Healthy Cytokine and Eicosanoid Balance*
- Designed as a Fast-Acting, Short-Term Formula*
Features three herbs (Andrographis, licorice root, and indigo woad) that have been used traditionally for immune support and stimulation. The formula may be especially helpful in supporting cytokine balance and respiratory function.
Probiotic 23 & Ortho Biotic® Capsules
Our unique probiotic formula is designed to deliver active organisms shown to promote healthy gut microflora, protect intestinal integrity, and boost immune function.
The GI tract is a finely balanced environment where roughly 500 different strains of bacteria compete for space and nutrients. When there is a healthy balance (eubiosis), few symptoms exist. However, dysbiosis can occur when an overabundance of potentially harmful organisms prevail. The natural microflora balance can be upset by medications (such as antibiotics, oral contraceptives, etc.), excessive alcohol consumption, or poor dietary intake.
- Helps Maintain Gastrointestinal Balance
- Increases Secretory IgA for Enhanced Gut Immunity
- Supports Bowel Regularity
- Supports Digestion and Micronutrient Absorption
Negative results! We were allowed back into the US
Great news…as of mid-June, we are no longer required to test before returning to the US, but it is still not on anyone’s wish list to get sick while traveling.
Thankfully, our immune systems cooperated, and we had negative results. We could thoroughly enjoy our last day on the beautiful island, and then we successfully boarded our flight for the US the following day. We traveled in May when the Covid test was still required one day before returning to the US.
BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test
At-home, virtually guided COVID-19 antigen testing provides rapid and verifiable results in the safety and convenience of your home.
The 15-minute BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test has received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for at-home testing in collaboration with eMed, a digital health solution. This first-of-its kind service for COVID-19 testing ships tests directly to your home and uses trained, virtual proctors to guide you through the test via video call.
This test with the NAVICA™ mobile app enables the testing process and displays BinaxNOW COVID-19 test results that are shareable at workplaces, organizations, or events that require proof of test for entry.
FlowFlex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test
FlowFlex™ Antigen Rapid Test is the simplest way to detect SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein antigen. It only takes 4 steps and 15 minutes to complete the test. The test is also non-invasive. You won’t need to collect a sample from deep in your nasal cavity to get accurate results.
Please stop by Town & Country Compounding to talk about vitamins and supplements!
Disclaimer: *The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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