We’ve all heard of malaria, dengue fever, typhoid fever and hepatitis. These are all common infectious diseases we hear about while traveling, especially in developing countries. But what about the lesser known infectious diseases? Like schistosomiasis?… Shisto-what? Exactly. What is Shistosomiasis? Shistosomiasis, also known as Bilharzia, is caused by parasitic worms (helminths). It is spread […]
Travelling to South America or Africa? What You Need to Know About Yellow Fever If you are travelling to Africa or South America you may be at risk for yellow fever. Yellow fever is a potentially serious and life threatening disease caused by a virus spread by an infected mosquito that generally bite during the […]
One of the most beloved traditions of the holiday season is unpacking the contents of the treasured stocking. These knickknacks may be small in size, but stocking stuffers are celebrated as an annual delight for both young and old. Especially appealing to jetsetter friends and family, stocking stuffers’ slight stature make travelling with gifts a […]
Is your sunscreen reef-friendly? As kids, we were told repeatedly by our parents to wear sunscreen. Anytime we went outside, we heard the mantra, “don’t forget to put on sunscreen!” And with good reason. Sunscreen not only shields us from painful and unsightly sunburns, it also protects us from dangerous sun-related conditions, such as skin […]
DEET vs. Icaridin : How to Choose an Insect Repellent for Travel DEET, icaridin, citronella, eucalyptus – the choices for insect repellents are almost endless! When travelling to areas with mosquito borne diseases (eg. malaria, yellow fever, dengue, zika, Japanese Encephalitis, chikungunya) the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends the use of a repellent that […]
Some Tips from TravelSafe Immunization Clinic A traditional white Christmas can be a truly joyful and magical experience: snowmen, the smell of pine trees, hot cocoa by the fireplace and the ever-popular Christmas pullovers. However, as most Vancouverites know, our Christmases are more of a greyish hue mixed with rain and sleet. So, we totally […]
You may have heard the buzz about the new and highly effective Shingrix vaccine to prevent shingles. This vaccine is recommended for all adults ≥ 50 years of age. Anybody who has had the chickenpox is at risk of developing shingles. How is shingles contracted? Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. […]
(Read with Caution) That spooky time of year is just around the corner again! No, I’m not talking about tax time, but the OTHER really scary time of the year! That’s right. Halloween! When it comes to frightening fare, it seems that most people are divided into two camps: ones that love being scared and […]
Far from The Madding Crowd – Great Destinations. Fewer Tourists I remember visiting Europe for the first time. While it was thrilling to visit iconic and historic cities such as Paris and Venice, the large crowds somewhat diminished the experience. As more and more people are traveling these days, many popular tourist attractions in the world […]
Should I Get a Pre-Travel Consultation? The short answer is yes. There are many reasons why booking a pre-travel consult is a good idea. Whether you’re travelling abroad for pleasure or business, it’s always prudent to find out from a medical professional which vaccinations and immunizations you may require. Further to this, a pre-travel consult […]
The influenza season is upon us again. We’re pleased to be able to offer the High-Dose Fluzone vaccine to our clients who are 65 years of age and older. We’ve had great interest already from senior clients preparing their trips overseas. Clients who are eligible often decide to receive the High-Dose Fluzone when they learn […]
A Preventative Approach to Successful Snowbirding Summer is officially over. The leaves are starting to turn colours. The kids have gone back to school. Inevitably, the rain and the cold weather will soon begin. While that may seem a tad depressing for many of us, for many lucky seniors and retirees, it’s just the beginning […]
HPV Vaccinations – From Empowerment to Prevention When it comes to HPV, Penny Gleave (RN, BScN), owner of TravelSafe Immunization Clinic, asserts “education and vaccines go hand in hand. It’s important that our patients learn how to avoid HPV by understanding how it’s contracted and that, essentially, they know the connection between vaccine and behaviour.” Having […]
What’s My Line? A Handy Guide to Proper Airport Security Screening Line Preparedness We’ve all been there. Standing in line at your local coffee shop, desperately jonesing for your morning java fix. As you wait patiently in line, the person in front of you has finally reached the barista! You’re next! However, when they get face […]
The Latest on the Zika Virus Zika became a very familiar word to many people 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 […]
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