What Is A Travel Consultation & Why Do I Need One?

Traveling, whether it’s for a family vacation or to study abroad, is a great experience that can be life-changing. But to make sure your trip is a safe and healthy one, you should get a travel consultation at Care& Family Health.

Our team of highly trained nurse practitioners can help keep you and your loved ones safe by making sure you get the required vaccinations and that you’re prepared to handle any potential health risks.

Why travel consultations are important

If you’re planning an extended trip and have bad allergies, will you have enough medication to keep your symptoms at bay? If not, where can you get more?

Maybe you or a loved one has a chronic illness or disability that needs certain accommodations. How can you be sure these needs are met during your trip?

All of these concerns can be addressed with a travel consultation.

A travel consult is a key part of planning your trip. Not only do they check to see if you’re fit to travel, but they also help you get the right protection from diseases and ensure you have what you need to stay healthy.

Travel consults can also help you plan for potential risks, like common illnesses in the region you’re travelling to, where to go for medical emergencies, and what vaccinations you may need.

Common travel vaccinations

Even if you’re up-to-date on your routine vaccinations, additional vaccines may be required before you travel. Not only does this keep you protected from certain diseases, but it also ensures that you don’t bring any illnesses home with you.

The most common travel vaccinations include:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Hepatitis (Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B)
  • Typhoid
  • Malaria prophylaxis
  • Polio
  • Tetanus
  • Meningitis
  • Rabies
  • Cholera

The type of vaccine you need largely depends on the details of your trip, such as your destination, the length of your trip, planned activities, and the time of year.

The details of your trip are important because certain regions present new diseases that are rare in Canada. For example, travelling to Asia can expose you to Japanese encephalitis (JE), a life-threatening disease that spreads through mosquito bites. 

Although JE is rare, even for those traveling to Asia, your risk grows when you visit specific locations, spend a lot of time outdoors, or go during the summer or fall.

Healthy travelling goes beyond vaccines

While getting the recommended vaccines is a key part of your travel health, your current health status is just as important. If you have blood clots, you shouldn’t travel by plane. Flying should also be avoided if you’ve recently had surgery or a heart attack.

We care about your health and happiness, so our providers thoroughly review your medical history so we can recommend the safest way for you to travel.

To make sure your trip is healthy, safe, and fun, contact Care& Family Health today for your travel consult. We can give you the vaccinations you need, at cost with no markup so you can get the preventative healthcare you need for your travels. 



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