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

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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.

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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.

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April 28th, 2014

New Travel and Immunization Clinic launched in Calgary

new-travel-clinc-calgaryTravel & Immunization Clinic will help protect travelers against cholera, hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever, meningitis and others 

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.

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October 21st, 2013

NEW London Drugs Travel & Immunization Clinics!

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.

Interested participants are able to book appointments online or by calling the Travel Medicine Pharmacists directly. There is a fee to attend this clinic.

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.



September 10th, 2013

Travelling with Diabetes

Living with diabetes can often make day-to-day living complicated, let alone vacationing. But travelling with diabetes shouldn’t make you feel you’re limited to weekend trips near your home. With a little advanced planning, you can still enjoy exciting trips to exotic locations with very little worry.

Simple steps to prepare

There are some simple steps to follow to make sure your holiday is as stress-free as possible.

1) Visit your doctor—Before you travel, you want to make sure you’re in the best health possible, and that your diabetes is under control.
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January 28th, 2013

Travelling during flu season—5 tips for staying healthy

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Boarding passes and hotel reservations? Check. Bathing suit and sunscreen? Check. The flu? No thanks!

Travelling during flu season is almost impossible to avoid. In the northern hemisphere the season usually runs from November to April, in the southern hemisphere between April and October, and in the tropics the flu is a year-round concern.

The flu (Influenza) is a common, infectious respiratory disease that begins in your nose and throat. It is highly contagious and can spread rapidly from person to person. Strains of it circulate every year, and symptoms typically start with a headache, chills and cough, followed rapidly by fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches and fatigue. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also occur, especially in children. If you are over 65 with a chronic condition like diabetes or cancer, there is a higher risk the flu may lead to other health complications like pneumonia.

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