updated 4/26/2011 6:46:22 AM ET 2011-04-26T10:46:22

BALTIMORE, April 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Passport Health, the leading provider of travel medical services and immunizations in the country, announced today the opening of its 180th office in Lancaster, Ohio. "This marks a special moment in the evolution and growth of our company," said Fran Lessans, Passport Health's founder and CEO. "It took a lot of hard work to get to where we are today and I am proud of what we, as a group, have achieved."

Passport Health is an innovative network of travel immunization clinics with offices in 36 states.  The company's business model is unique in the medical service industry.  Whether you are traveling for business, leisure, or mission or volunteer work, Passport Health's Travel Medicine Specialists can prepare you for your trip. The Vaccine Specialists® counsel travelers before their departure and provide them with destination-specific travel information, immunizations, specialty travel products and travel and evacuation insurance.

Passport Health will be opening offices in Utah and Nevada in May along with locations in Bakersfield and Oakland, California, and Waldorf, Maryland. "We will be at 185 locations by summer, just in time for travel season," concluded Lessans.

Passport Health has positioned itself to support the needs of corporations with its flexible on-site immunization programs —including on-site flu clinics, on-site travel medical services and on-site wellness clinics.  The company gained national attention when it mobilized doctors and nurses to publishing and postal facilities along the east coast after the 2001 Anthrax attacks. Their experts also prepared relief workers and relatives of victims of the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia and responded to the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, in 2005, by deploying nurses to the Gulf Coast to vaccinate utility and relief workers.

Passport Health is expanding its services to include physicals, drug tests, lab services and a comprehensive suite of wellness offerings.   Passport Health's growth has been steady, despite the recent recession.  It operated 106 offices in 2006 and projects to surpass 200 offices by the end of 2011.

About Passport Health: Passport Health is the leading provider of travel medical services, immunizations and comprehensive wellness services. Passport Health has twice been named one of the  "Top 50 Franchises," by the Franchise Business Review, and won the 2009 and 2011 Franchisee Satisfaction Award. The company has been recognized and recommended by several institutions, including Johns Hopkins and the White House. Our nationwide staff is comprised of professionals that include board-certified physicians and registered nurses who have completed rigorous training in the field of travel medicine and immunology.  Passport Health's services include adult and adolescent immunizations for business and leisure travel, college, immigration, military readiness, disaster relief, and bioterrorism response. Our on-site services for employers and schools include onsite clinics for Flu, Meningitis, Hepatitis A & B, Pneumonia and more. Passport Health has provided Anthrax vaccinations and Smallpox vaccination training and has worked with the US military, Post Office, Federal employees and has run a 24/7 immunization call center for the Department of Defense.

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