Before you travel, you need to know about infectious diseases that you may be exposed to. You may need to be vaccinated against some of these when traveling to certain destinations. Depending on your destination and activities, some common travel health infectious diseases include Yellow Fever, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis (Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C), Meningitis (or Meningococcal Disease), Japanese Encephalitis, Cholera, and Rabies.
These travel medicine diseases are sometimes subject to local outbreaks, and so are the subject of specific Travel Medical Advisories and Travel Health Alerts. Your travel doctor can advise you further during the travel vaccination consultation.
Our in-house clinic provides you everything you need to know for travel health needs, from general public travel health information and guidance, to specific vaccinations recommended. The Travel Vaccine Clinic will help you prepare for a healthy and safe trip to any overseas destination. Our staff are experts in travel health and vaccine preventable illness. You and your children will receive advice about required and recommended vaccinations and medications, as well as other tips on how to stay healthy while you are away.
Travel medicine specialists can advise you on travel health and immunization requirements, travel advisories and travel warnings, any special travel health precautions that you may need to take, and other public health information that is recommended by public health centers such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC) or the Public Health Agency of Canada (or PHAC). The information provided varies depending on the destination.
Is this service covered by OHIP?
In general, Ontario Health Insurance (OHIP) does not cover vaccines for travel or travel health consultations. This service is an “uninsured service” and it may be covered by your private insurance plan.
However, vaccination against many common travel diseases such as Tetanus, Meningitis, Polio, Hepatitis B, Chicken Pox, Measles, and Mumps (amongst others) are part of the routine childhood immunization schedule in Canada, and are covered by Ontario Health Insurance. Rabies Vaccine is also covered by Ontario Health Insurance but is not part of the routine immunization schedule.
You will be given a prescription for the vaccines which you will pick up from a pharmacy of your choice.
Why is it important to have a travel consultation?
Communicable disease control often relies on vaccinating yourself against a tropical communicable disease before you are at risk of being exposed to the infectious travel disease.
This is because for some contagious travel diseases, there is no treatment once infected. So the focus is on vaccination and immunization to immunize yourself from harm should you be infected with the bacterium or virus, as a proactive preventative measure.
How does one get a travel related disease?
Some diseases are spread from person to person through contact with bodily fluids of infected persons, and so densely-populated or crowded areas pose an increased risk for these types of diseases. Holiday destinations tend to be crowded so this makes it more likely to get diseases.
Other diseases are spread by mosquitos in so traveling outside urban areas in these regions pose an increased risk.
Some diseases are transmitted through accidental ingestion of fecal matter from infected people, so countries with poor hygiene or poor sanitation pose an increased risk of disease transmission. These often include countries in tropical regions such as Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East, India, and South and Southeast Asia.
What services are usually provided at a travel consultation?
After discussing your trip plans, we can offer you prescriptions for vaccines ( and some are available at no cost at our office). The following vaccines and medications are available at our Travel Vaccine Clinic:
Adacel, Chicken Pox (Varivax III), Cholera (Dukoral), Flu Vaccine, Gardasil, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A & B, Japanese Encephalitis, Menjugate, Menomune, MMR, Pneumococcal, Polio IPV, Rabies, Rotateq, Synflorix, TD, TDP, Tick Borne, Travelers’ Diarrhea, Twinrix (Hepatitis A & B), Typhoid, Varivax III (Chicken Pox), Yellow Fever, Zostavax (Shingles).
We also provide advice and prescriptions for the following conditions:
Altitude Sickness, Dengue Fever, HIV Aids, Jet Lag, Malaria, Motion Sickness, Sun Burn & Heat Stroke, Tuberculosis.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?
1) As much detailed information about your trip as possible.
2) A list of any medications you are taking (even non-prescription medications, or medications you take only occasionally).
3) Any immunization records you may have. Coming prepared with your immunization record can save you time however if you can not get hold of your immunization record do not worry just come to the consultation.
4) Your health card.
5) A valid credit card or debit card. We do not accept cash.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE APPOINTMENT?
1) You will be asked to fill out a form about your health and the trip you are planning.
2) Our doctor will review this form with you and talk to you about specific vaccinations and medications recommended/required for your travel.
3) You will receive your prescriptions.
4) You can return immediately or another day to receive your vaccinations.
A healthy vacation makes for a good vacation!