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   Government of Canada

Statement from the PHAC (Public Health Agency of Canada

"When traveling outside of Canada, you may be at risk for a number of vaccine preventable illnesses.  You should consult a Health Care Provider or visit a Travel Health Specialist preferably 6 weeks before you travel.  You may need additional vaccines depending on your age, planned travel activities and local conditions.  Preventing disease through vaccination is a lifelong process."



Travel Health Specialists have in-depth knowledge of immunizations, thanks associated with specific destinations, and the implications of traveling with underlying conditions.  Therefore, a comprehensive consultation with a Travel Health Specialist is indicated for ALL travellers and is particularly important for those with complicated health history, special thanks (such as travelling at high altitudes, working in refugee camps, or exotic or complicated itineraries.

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Effective Pre-Travel Consultation's (PTC's) require attention to the health background of the traveller and incorporate the itinerary, trip duration, travel purpose, and activities, all of which determine health-related risks.  The PTC is the BEST opportunity its to educate the traveller about health risks at the destination and how to mitigate them and the process can be managed in-person or as much is done during COVID, virtual by ZOOM.  

See TABLE 2-01 under the SUB tab in this section for information necessary for a risk assessment during a PTC. 

See TABLE 2-02 under the SUB tab in this section for Vaccines to update or consider during a PTC.

You will be asked to provide your Personal Health Information, DOB, address, 9 digit PHIN number, and also to fill out a Pre-Travel Assessment Form (example under the 'Resources' Tab).  This information will allow informed access to your Immunization History and allow a Travel Consultation to be prepared which will act as the guide for the consultation time spent together.  

Pursuant to the PTC, once you have confirmed the Vaccines and Medications to proceed with, requisitions will either be sent to your Doctor/Nurse Practitioner directly for approval or if No family Dr/NP is identified, a requisition document will be provided to subsequently get authorized with an in-person visit to a Walk-In or Quick-Care Centre.  Once the Vaccine and Medication requisitions have been approved, the can be processed and filled at a pharmacy of your choice.



The affiliated pharmacy that I work in partnership with is the Shoppers Drug Mart #545 located at 382 Main Street, Steinbach, MB, a Travel Centre of Excellence and a PHAC designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.