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Travel health and vaccine advice for Spain
Spain

People inevitably think about “playa, fiesta and corrida” when talking about Spain. But this Iberian country has so much more to offer! Spain is incredibly diverse in its nature, culture and architecture. Breathtaking snow capped mountains, stunning Mediterranean beaches and majestic cliffs surrounding the Atlantic Ocean are only a fraction of the natural wonders covering this country. Roman vestiges, Islamic architectural treasures and magnificent Cathedrals co-exist harmoniously. Spain is also synonym of Picasso and Dali, energetic flamenco dancers, memorable lively nights in Seville and an unequaled joy of living. Imagine all the delightful Spanish traditional cuisine, such as paella, that you will enjoy.

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 updates on a daily basis.

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

SPAIN – 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.
Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats. 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.
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).
Lyme disease Presence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

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

MEDICAL CARES

Spain has good healthcare facilities that can be found throughout the country. They are modern, well-equipped and the health care professionals are well trained and competent. Despite this, people in Spain often complain about the rapidity of the medical services provided. Waiting times can be long, especially to obtain an appointment with a specialist. 

From basic drugs to specific treatments, medications are widely available. Spanish pharmacists are highly qualified. Also,  the quality of pharmaceutical products are strictly controlled. Tough, we still recommend bringing your own medical set containing all the medications and prescriptions you may need during your travel.

In case of emergency in Spain, contact emergency services: 112 (without regional code)

To declare an accident, aggression or theft:  902 102 112

SECURITY ABROAD

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, is common. It is most prevalent in larger cities and particularly during holidays, festivals and weekends. There has been a significant increase of stolen passports in the Barcelona region since the beginning of 2019.

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CANADIAN AMBASSY

Emergency services

Dial 112 for emergency assistance.