Frequently Asked Questions
For vaccine recommendations, we invite you to schedule an appointment for a travel consultation with one of our nurses. The nurse will offer guidance and recommendations pertaining to your specific situation. Recommendations vary based on the timing and duration of your trip, the cities you plan to visit, the activities you plan to partake in, and on your accommodations abroad.
If you generally do not experience adverse effects when receiving vaccines, receiving multiple vaccines will not increase your risk of adverse effects. While each vaccine has potential side effects, these risks are not additive.
There is always a risk of potential side effects with any medication or vaccine. Every individual has a unique response to each vaccine. Generally, the most common side effects include pain at the injection site, redness, or mild swelling in the 24-48 hours following immunization. The nurse will inform you of the specific side effects associated with the vaccines you will receive.
The duration of protection offered by each vaccine is variable. For example, the combined hepatitis A and hepatitis B series will protect for 20 years whereas one dose of the vaccine against typhoid fever will protect you for 3 years. Please note that, given the constant flux of research studies, the duration of protection offered by each vaccine may be updated.
Generally, vaccines take 7 to 10 days before your body produces enough antibodies to protect you from illness. Please note, however, that for some vaccines (e.g., the combined hepatitis A and B vaccine) you will need to receive 2 doses prior to your trip to achieve any level of protection.
Even in the context of all-inclusive trips, travelers run the risk of contracting several illnesses. Just think of the ice cubes used to chill your drinks. These ice cubes may carry the hepatitis A virus and infect you with just one drink! Like hepatitis A, many of the illnesses that you might be exposed to are avoidable through vaccination.
Yes. While live vaccines (e.g., the yellow fever vaccine) are not indicated during pregnancy, most inactivated vaccines (e.g., Hepatitis A vaccine) are considered safe during pregnancy. During the consultation, please be sure to inform the nurse that you are or may be pregnant.
Other than routine childhood vaccines, only the Hepatitis B vaccine can safely be administered at that age. However, if the infant will be travelling to countries where tropical diseases are endemic or where he/she runs the risk of contracting traveler’s diarrhea, we can provide prescriptions and tips to help ensure your child’s health. We recommend that you schedule an appointment to have your child’s needs evaluated and addressed.
RAMQ does not reimburse the cost of any vaccine. However, private health insurance companies often reimburse a portion of the costs.
Travel Consultation FAQ
To ensure maximum protection from illness, some vaccines need to be administered in 2 doses prior to your trip. The delay required between the 2 doses depends on the vaccine. For this reason, we recommend that you schedule your consultation 6-8 weeks prior to your trip. For last minute travelers, please note that most vaccines may be administered 2 weeks prior to your trip.
Yes. The consultation fee is 55$ for an adult, groups of 2 to 6 people travelling on the same trip, patients returning for a new trip consultation, kids, and students will have a discounted price of $44 pp (20% off regular fee).
Consultation fee for a booster dose is $20.
The consultation fee for a Travel Prescription & General Vaccination is $25
Please note that cost of each vaccine is additional to the consultation fees.
Yes. Provided there are no contraindications, you will receive your vaccines on-site. You will also receive travel prescriptions as needed.
During the travel consultation, only travel prescriptions will be provided. These travel prescriptions include prescriptions for anti-malarials, for antibiotics (to treat travelers’ diarrhea), and for medications to minimize the risk of acute mountain sickness.
Prescriptions can only be provided to individuals who consult with the nurse in person. If your partner would like to schedule another appointment, the nurse will provide your partner with the necessary prescriptions at a subsequent appointment.
Watch the video below to find out more about what important first aid items you should bring with you on your trip to ensure that you are well prepared. Raquel, one of our nurses, was recently interview by ProfessionVoyage.com on the subject.
Yes. In addition to the cost of the vaccine, there are administrative fees of 20$ to receive a booster dose of a vaccine.
We strongly recommend that you schedule an appointment. Our opening hours and availabilities vary from one clinic to another.
Your travel consultation will be with a nurse, specialized in travel health. The nurse can, however, provide you with travel prescriptions (e.g., for medication against malaria, traveler’s diarrhea, etc.)