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.
“Certain vaccines are required to enter a country. Others are recommended to help avoid common illnesses affecting vacationers such as traveler’s diarrhea or hepatitis,” says London Drugs Travel Medicine Pharmacist, Jacqueline VandeBeek-Ainslie from the Beddington Towne Centre location.
Vaccine recommendations depend on a number of factors including destination, duration, and nature of travel, age and previous immunization history. For example, International Health Regulations require Yellow Fever vaccination for travel to countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South America. Saudi Arabia requires proof of meningococcal vaccination travel during certain dates.
To help individuals understand the requirements for certain types of travel and preventative options available, London Drugs pharmacy is now offering 16 Travel & Immunization Clinics throughout British Columbia and Alberta. And all clinics are certified Yellow Fever vaccination centre. Travelers can now book a one-on-one consultation with a Travel Medicine Pharmacist to discuss their needs and receive the vaccinations. London Drugs can also direct bill most patients’ insurance plans.
“We educate and prepare patients for a safe and healthy trip and we administer vaccinations. All these services are available by appointment and do not require patients to visit their doctor,” says VandeBeek-Ainslie.
London Drugs internationally certified Travel Medicine Pharmacists undergo a yearlong training program culminating in an exam through the eminent International Society of Travel Medicine in order to receive a Certificate in Travel HealthTM.
Patients can book a consultation with a London Drugs Travel Medicine Pharmacist at LDTravelClinics.com.