January 16th, 2017

Winter Travel

If like me, you’re going to travel this winter – by mid-January, I’ve had about as much as I can take of the dark and the cold and the excuses my favorite hockey team keeps coming up with to explain why their losses keep piling up – you should be aware of this rather sobering information from a survey of tourists done by Orlando Health.

Orlando, Florida, is of course, a favourite destination for many tourists.

This report published on the Eurekalert.org web site found that an astounding (at least to me) one in four vacations ends up including at least one visit to an emergency room.

So here is a partial list of some key things that you should try to do to ensure you don’t end up in an ER on your trip.

First, and most important, I think, make sure you know which vaccines you require for the places you want to visit.

And then make even more sure to get those vaccines.

If you are on any meds, make sure to bring along an adequate amount of those drugs, and if you’re neurotic like me, you might like this idea: I always get my wife to carry a separate stash of all our meds in case I lose the ones I’m carrying.

Which is a good time to mention that I also often bring along a second set of glasses (or some spare contact lenses) just in case.

Also, make sure to carry details of pertinent and relevant medical information about yourself, such as a list of the drugs you are taking, and which conditions you have – it’s much easier to consult a pre-written list than it is to have to suddenly come up with relevant information in a stressful situation like an ER.

I also think it’s a very good idea to get travel health insurance, especially if you’re a senior.

And finally, use common sense at your destination.

Sure, it’s a vacation and you want to enjoy yourself but it’s not really a lot of fun if your travel plans are interrupted by an unwelcome visit to the ER because say, you drank too much, or you were out in the sun too long, or you did something else that’s risky which you wouldn’t have done if you had thought about it a bit more.

And hey, have a great time wherever it is you’re going.


London Drugs offers a Travel Clinic service where you can talk to a Travel Clinic Pharmacist about medications, vaccinations and health supplies that you might need for your trip.  To find out more or book an appointment, visit www.ldtravelclinics.com


July 28th, 2015

Staying healthy while you travel


Everyone loves a vacation. The promise of complete relaxation, of adventure, and of seeing first-hand the sights and customs of other lands can be magical. So too can the build-up to a vacation—the planning, the packing, the counting down of days until you leave home.

Part of this planning should include a visit to a travel clinic to make sure you have all the right vaccinations to prevent becoming ill on, or after, your vacation. While relatively few vacations lead to illness (aside from the ubiquitous Montezuma’s Revenge), the risks involved are not worth taking. Hepatitis, for example, can irreparably damage the liver and its prevention should be taken seriously.


July 21st, 2015

Why You Should Care About Hep A

According to the Canadian Liver Foundation, Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus which attacks the liver1. The Center for Disease Control states that new cases reported in the U.S. is around 3,000 each year—a 90% decrease of the last several decades.2

So why should you care about Hepatitis A? Because it is often referred to as “traveller’s disease”, an illness contracted by travelling in developing countries that have poor sanitation and poor hygiene.

How is Hep A transmitted?

The Hep A virus is only found in the stool (feces) of an infected person. Close contact with an infected person who doesn’t practice proper hygiene can spread the virus. The virus can also be spread via food and water—such as eating food that has been washed in contaminated water. When food preparers don’t practice safe hygiene while handling food, you could contract it by eating in a restaurant.


June 30th, 2015

5 Tips For Travelling While Pregnant

Are you planning a relaxing “babymoon” before your little one arrives, or are you preparing to travel for business in the mid to latter stages of your pregnancy? Here are some tips to make your trip comfortable and stress-free.

Here are some helpful tips to make travelling while pregnant comfortable and stress-free. Image from BabyCentre.co.uk.

Here are some helpful tips to make travelling while pregnant comfortable and stress-free.
Image from BabyCentre.co.uk.


April 6th, 2015

Protect yourself! Get a travel mosquito net

LifeSystems MicroNet Mosquito Net

LifeSystems MicroNet Mosquito Net

Mosquitoes aren’t just an annoying travel partner; they can carry diseases like malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever. Insect repellant is one way to dodge their bites during the day, but when you go to sleep, a hungry mosquito can take its time finding little patches of skin that your insect repellant may have missed. That’s where mosquito nets come in.

When used properly, mosquito nets are an important step in preventing insect bites.

LifeSystems UltraNet Mosquito Net

LifeSystems UltraNet Mosquito Net

London Drugs Travel Clinics offer two styles of mosquito nets: the LifeSystems MicroNet Mosquito Net, which is available in single and double sizes and features a strengthening bar to give you more airflow and the LifeSystems UltraNet Mosquito Net, which is ideal for backpackers since its simple hanging design bears such a small footprint.

Both styles of mosquito nets have 196 holes per square inch and nylon ripstop skirting with lashing points to secure your nets. Both types are coated with EX8 AntiMosquito treatment, providing a further barrier against mosquito bites and lasts up to 2 years or 35 washes. You simply hang the net over a bed and secure it beneath your mattress or sleeping bag.

LifeSystems MicroNet Mosquito Net (double)

LifeSystems MicroNet Mosquito Net (double)

When you’re using a mosquito net:

  • Make sure the fabric of the net isn’t touching you while you sleep, since mosquitoes will still be able to bite through the net.
  • Regularly inspect your net for holes.
  • Ensure that you use your mosquito net every night—whether you’re sleeping indoors or outside.

Remember, mosquito nets are just one step in preventing malaria, yellow fever, and dengue fever. For more information on these and other insect-borne diseases, contact your local London Drugs Travel Clinic regarding this, as well as advice on malarial medications and other protection measures.

July 15th, 2014

Summer in the pharmacy

Our pharmacists share the most common reasons for your summertime visits…

Summer in the pharmacyIt’s summer, and the pharmacy is busy! Although we see customers with a wide range of questions and concerns, most visits relate to the same warm-weather issues. This year, we thought we’d share them with you.


September 18th, 2013

Poison Ivy And Hiking


My favourite pastime – by the proverbial country mile – is hiking.

In fact, the week after this item gets published, Phyllis (the woman who has tolerated me for over 44 years mostly because, she says, I make her laugh a lot – at me, not with me, but hey! Whatever works, right?) and I are off for a 9-day hike in the UK.

And in case you’re wondering why I love hiking so much, especially in the UK and France, the answer is simple: the 2 large ciders (in the UK) or the 2 large glasses of wine (in France, bien sur) that I am allowed to have every afternoon as we finally make it into our destination for that day.

The hiking is OK, but the cider and wine? Priceless.

Anyway, that aside, hiking also carries certain obvious risks, most of which I have run into over the years – sprains, strains, scrapes, blisters, rashes, and even the one I want to mention today, poison ivy, which I experienced once because of a side trip I had to make into the bushes (do not try to imagine this).

“Poison ivy” is a rash caused by sensitivity to an oily resin in the poison ivy plant (but also in poison oak and poison sumac).

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