When you want to travel abroad, Health Canada recommends that you make sure you know all the vaccines recommended in the immunization schedule. Concretely, before planning a visit abroad, check if you have been vaccinated against measles, rubella, mumps, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. Polio vaccination is also recommended for all persons wishing to travel to: Ukraine, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Chad, Madagascar, Myanmar, Niger, Pakistan, Laos, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, and Central African Republic.
Certain trips, especially in areas at risk of endemic diseases (specific to a particular region), may present higher health risks.
These risks depend on a number of factors, including:
- the region you are traveling to.
- the activities you plan to do while traveling; for example, attending crowded events increases the spread of infectious diseases
- your health status
- your vaccination history
Getting all the vaccines
Getting all the vaccines you need before traveling to a certain area can be time consuming. It is recommended that you speak with an international immunization nurse beforehand to find out exactly what types of vaccines you need, as well as what additional protective measures are recommended.
At our clinic, you can meet with one of our health care professionals who is experienced in international immunization. Schedule a consultation to set up and customize your vaccination program!
- Traveler’s diarrhea (DUKORAL)
- Japanese encephalitis
- Meningococcal (meningococcal vaccine ACYW-135)
- Stamaril (Yellow Fever)
- Twinrix (Hepatitis A + B)
- Verotab (rabies vaccine)
- Typhim (typhoid fever)
Tips for safe travelling
- Visit our clinic at least 4 to 6 weeks before the trip. During this time, you may need to complete the necessary vaccines, and the body will have enough time to strengthen its immune system.
- Talk to your family doctor about routine vaccinations in the immunization schedule to make sure you are up to date.
- Check if you need proof of your yellow fever vaccine in the countries you are traveling to. This vaccine can only be given by a licensed healthcare professional and should be given at least 10 days before travel. After having the vaccine, you will receive a vaccination certificate, which you must have with you when you travel.
- Get medical insurance. If you need medical care while traveling, you’ll save time and money if you already have active medical insurance throughout your stay.
- Learn more about the vaccines and travel medications recommended for your chosen destination.
- Be up to date with the latest health information and alerts for the areas you intend to visit.
- Vaccination is the first step you can take to stay healthy while travelling. Remember to watch what you eat and drink, avoid mosquitoes, ticks and other insects that can spread certain diseases as much as possible, and wash your hands with soap and water several times a day.