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Travel health and vaccine advice for France
France
 
Home to Paris, the dream city of every lovers, France is synonym of passionate romances. The Western European country has an incredibly rich history. From brilliant architectural wonders to renowned painters, sculptors and writers, France has always had a significant cultural influence. The nation is highly diverse. Every region has its own identity inherited from its past, as French people are deeply attached to their traditions. The country offers a various array of landscapes, from stunning mountains to rocky shores, beautiful beaches and a picturesque countryside. But the sophisticated tastes and the subtle nuances of French cuisine are certainly the greatest pride of the country.

INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH

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, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.

For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.

FRANCE – 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 A Recommended for most travelers, especially those who are staying with friends or relatives; visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water; or prone to “adventurous eating”
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).
Chikungunya Presence. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites.
Tick-borne Encephalitis Presence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.
Lyme disease Presence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.
Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – 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.

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Acetazolamide/Dexaméthasone Recommended to prevent Acute mountain sickness (AMS).
Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea Azithromycin or Suprax

MEDICAL CARES

According to the World Health Organization, France has a health care system among the best on the planet. The medical equipment in the country is on the cutting edge of technology and the care provided is following international standards. If you need medical assistance in France, you can easily access excellent health care facilities everywhere in the country. The medical care infrastructure is modern, sufficient and reliable. Each medical establishment in France is strictly controlled by independent institutions, whether it is public or private. 

In case of emergency, call 15. Ambulance services are fast and efficient in France.

Medicines are easily accessible all around the country. You will find pharmacies in every city. They are usually very well stocked. Drugs are safe and of high quality, as the importation and trade of medicines is strictly regulated by the government. 

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Emergency services

Dial 112 for emergency assistance.