The Power of Pre-Travel Consultation
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 can help determine whether you’ll need additional immunizations before you head out on your trip.
Finger on the Pulse
A wonderful benefit of a pre-travel consultation is knowing that you’ll receive up-to-date, trustworthy information regarding potential health hazards in the region that you’ll be visiting. In this era of “fake news” and spurious websites purporting to provide valid information, knowing that you’ll be provided with accurate information in good faith is imperative for your health and safety.
There are particular potential risks specific to any region in the world, such as foodborne, waterborne, and bloodborne diseases. A pre-travel consultation will determine, quickly and efficiently, which vaccines/immunizations are appropriate for your trip. It’s easy to forget that certain diseases which don’t pose a health risk in Canada still exist in other parts of the world, which is all the more reason to consult with the experts. Some health risks in regions around the globe include:
- Yellow Fever
- Hepatitis A
An Ounce of Prevention
At TravelSafe, one of the most important aspects of pre-travel consultation is prevention. TravelSafe Clinic Owner, Penny Gleave, explains, “we believe foremost in the prevention of illness for our clients at home and abroad. As much as possible, it’s really about avoiding illness in the first place.”
Personal and Personalized
Another benefit to the pre-travel consultation is that it’s private and customized to you. When you meet with one of our medical professionals, you’ll want to provide information with regards to:
- Trip schedule and duration
- Purpose of travel
- Activities during your trip (recreational and other)
- Form of Travel (tour, independent, cruise etc…)
- Possibility of eating “exotic’ or “adventurous” food
- Accommodation (hostel, camping, luxury hotel, beach resort etc…)
This information will help our medical professionals determine the specific health risks you may be exposed to during your trip, what you may require should you become ill, and perhaps most importantly, how you can avoid becoming ill before and during your trip.
Peace of Mind
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of a pre-travel consultation is the peace of mind that you’ll have knowing your protected while on your trip. There are few things worse than contracting a disease or an illness while on vacation or during an important business trip, the effects of which can have devastating long-term effects. An easy, quick and pleasant pre-consultation can make all the difference in your life! It’s more than worth the minor inconvenience and small-time commitment for such a profound payoff. When it comes to your health, TravelSafe strongly believes in never cutting any corners.
Before you travel abroad, Penny and her team would love to conduct a pre-travel consultation with you! Simply call or email us today to book your appointment.