CANADA VACCINES & TRAVEL ADVICE
TRAVEL HEALTH ADVICE FOR TRAVEL IN CANADA
We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, travel health risks in Canada can change quickly.
For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic to make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.
CANADA – RECOMMENDED VACCINES
|Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine||Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose.|
Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough): 1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32).
*Only applicable for Quebec.
|Measles – Rubella – Mumps||Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.|
|Flu – Influenza||Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.|
|Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella)||Recommended for all travelers|
|Hepatitis B||Consider for most travelers; recommended for those who might be exposed to blood or other body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).|
|Lyme disease||Presence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.|
|Rabies||For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats, dogs and other mammals. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.|
|Hepatitis A||Recommended for most travellers.|
RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS FOR travel in CANADA
|Acetazolamide/Dexaméthasone||Recommended to prevent Acute mountain sickness (AMS).|
MEDICAL CARE in CANADA
Medical care in Canada is excellent. Every citizen in the country enjoys easy access to quality care, thanks to an efficient health care system. Each Canadian province is free to establish its own medical care and health insurance policies. But tourists are not concerned by these local health plans. Be aware that before travelling to Canada, you need to subscribe to your own health insurance, in order to cover your potential medical expenses, which can be very expensive. Medical facilities are always modern and well equipped.
In case of emergency, call 911. Ambulance services are fast and efficient.
In Canada, medicines are safe and of superior quality. Drug importation and commercialization are strictly controlled by the Ministry of Health and the provincial governments. But it is always a good idea to bring your personal medical kit.