Pharmacists Help with Proper Protection and Prevention for Grade School Through Post Secondary
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) recently expressed concern about declining immunization rates in Canada and would like to see more efforts to educate parents who hesitate to pursue vaccination for their children. The physicians also voted to ask that governments across the country authorize schools to require a mandatory declaration of immunization status for all students.
CMA issued a press release that states, “If results indicate that a student has not been immunized, there would then be a conversation between public health officials and parents.”
London Drugs pharmacists are joining the CMA to help educate parents on immunization options as back to school nears. Getting ready for back to school or dorm isn’t limited to making sure you have the right school supplies and latest tech gear. It also means making sure grade school children and adults have the proper and up-to-date vaccinations to prevent potentially serious health issues from coming in contact with a variety of communicable diseases.
According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association adventure travel is on this rise. But that encounter with the unfamiliar – the thrill of the unknown – can also put those traveling outside of Canada at risk for a number of diseases that can be prevented by vaccines.
Immunizations being offered to protect against malaria, cholera, hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever and meningitis .
London Drugs Pharmacy continues to expand its services by adding locations and pharmacists for its Travel & Immunization Clinics. Travelers leaving from Penticton, Vernon and Kelowna in British Columbia now have an opportunity to book a one-on-one consultation with an internationally certified Travel Medicine Pharmacist at their local London Drugs.
An appointment six to eight weeks before departure can help educate and prepare patients for a safe and healthy trip. As vaccines are mandatory for travel to particular destinations, a London Drugs Travel Medicine Pharmacist can discuss and administer any necessary vaccines on-site.
London Drugs Travel & Immunization Clinics are designated Yellow Fever vaccination centres. Other diseases travelers may need protection against are cholera, hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever and meningitis. However, appropriate vaccination is dependent on area of travel. The pharmacist will prepare a personalized takeaway package with travel tips, helpful packing lists and a TRAVAX® Traveler Health Report featuring detailed travel destination information.
It is recommended that all travelers carry a record of medications and a Travel Health Record with up-to-date vaccination information. Additional medication should also be considered in the event return to Canada is delayed.
London Drugs Travel Medicine Pharmacists undergo a yearlong training program culminating in an exam through the International Society of Travel Medicine where upon completion they receive a Certificate in Travel Health. In 2013 all exams were written in Maastricht, The Netherlands. For details on the body of knowledge covered during the exam visit the International Society of Travel Medicine site.
For a list of other London Drugs Travel Clinic locations please click here.