There is nothing more awe inspiring than being up close to mountain gorillas in their natural environment. I was fortunate enough to view a family of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. We witnessed curious toddlers, a mother feeding her new baby, several adolescent gorillas and 3 silver backs. Being this up […]
Many of you will remember the old nursery rhyme “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Bed bugs were once a common occurrence throughout the world, but with use of insecticides bed bugs infestations declined in the 1940s. Bed bugs are not, however, just a thing of the past. There has been […]
Have you heard about Dukoral? It’s an oral vaccine that prevents traveller’s diarrhea caused by enterotoxigenic coli (ETEC) and cholera. But what are cholera and ETEC? Are you at risk for these diseases? Keep reading to learn more about these diseases and if you need Dukoral on your next trip. Cholera Cholera is an infectious […]
Occasionally we are asked “Why do I need a pre-travel consultation?” There are many reasons why booking a pre-travel consultation is a good idea. Whether you’re travelling abroad for business or pleasure, you are likely to encounter health risks at your destination that are not a consideration in Canada. The pre-travel consultation is conducted by […]
Zika became a very familiar word during the large outbreak of the virus in Brazil in 2015, when there were an estimated 440,000-1,300,000 people infected. The virus was frequently reported in the media as it spread throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean and was linked to birth defects in infants born to women […]
The Himalayan Mountains in Nepal are a draw to many travellers. People travel from all over the world to catch a glimpse of the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest, standing at an impressive 8,848m (29,029ft). While about 600 people reach summit of Mount Everest each year, the region is a popular destination for thousands of […]
One of the highlights of travelling is sampling the local flavours. You might come across some foods on your travels that would test the limits of even the most adventurous eaters. From mopane worms in Zimbabwe, to a duck fetus in Philippines, we’ve highlighted some foods from around the world that you might want to […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways. The pandemic has strained health care systems and resulted in a major decrease in childhood immunization rates worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that in 2020 there were 23 million children younger than one year of age who did not receive basic vaccines. This is […]
A Mexico for everyone Mexico has it all. Whether you want beaches or nightlife, rustic or modern, Aztec-ruin-adventure or all-inclusive, family-friendly or grownups only, there is a Mexico for everyone. One of the most popular getaway destinations these days is Mexico and with good reason! Mexico is a diverse country that offers something for everyone. […]
Does planning a trip with your young children feel daunting? While there may be new worries that never crossed your mind in your child free travel days, travelling with children doesn’t need to be scary! Here are some factors to consider in your planning as well as tips for keeping your child healthy on your […]
International travel during the COVID-19 pandemic can be difficult to navigate. Every country has their own set of COVID-19 entry requirements, and these requirements are frequently changing. Many countries require proof of a negative COVID-19 test within a certain timeframe before entering the country, but there are different types of COVID-19 tests. Some countries accept […]
Bottled water, filters, chemicals, boiling, UV lights – there are many options for accessing clean drinking water while travelling. But are all methods equally as effective? The answer is no! Below we will review the pros and cons of several options for clean water and disinfection methods. These tips are not only useful when travelling, […]
Unless you had a mother like mine who still has her paper vaccine records from the 1950’s, you may be at a loss of how to find out which vaccines you received as a child, or how to locate your records. There is no centralized database of immunization records in BC, so finding your vaccine […]
There are few things more dreadful than experiencing a bout of diarrhea while travelling abroad. The frequent trips to the bathroom, bloating, gas, and cramps are not the experiences people hope for when they are planning their travels. Fortunately for most, traveller’s diarrhea, while a literal pain in the butt, tends to only last a […]
Many Canadians travel to areas in the world where dengue fever is a risk. We are often asked at TravelSafe about the dengue fever vaccine in our clinic. Here’s everything you need to know about dengue fever and the vaccine to prevent it. What is dengue fever and how is it spread? Dengue fever is […]
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