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Last-minute travel shots

Last-minute travel shots
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01 Jan 2019

It’s not too late to get your travel shots

First of all, Canadian Travel Clinics would like to wish you a happy new year and lots of wonderful (healthy) travelling in 2019.

We always urge you to make an appointment with a travel health nurse at least six weeks before you travel. This is because some vaccines need to be given in two or three spaced doses. And some vaccines do not provide protection straight away.

I need to travel sooner than six weeks from now

At Canadian Travel Clinics we understand that there may be times in your life when you need to travel abroad with little or no notice. Maybe you are travelling to care for a sick relative or loved one. Or perhaps it is for business reasons. If you are travelling in an emergency you need to be on the top of your game and the last thing you want is to fall ill with a vaccine-preventable illness.

There’s an old saying, ‘If you can’t make time for healthcare, sooner or later you will have to make time for ill health.’ So even if you think you don’t have time before you travel, we urge you to make an appointment with a travel health adviser, like the ones at Canadian Travel Clinics.

Does Canadian Travel Clinics offer same-day appointments?

Yes we do offer same-day appointments. Book by phone on +1 888 672 0005. We will always try to get you a same-day appointment if this is what you need. When you book, let whoever takes your call know that you are travelling on short notice.

What should I bring to my travel health appointment?

It’s really helpful if you bring all the details of your trip. We’re interested in dates, destination, planned activities and whether you will be in a remote area. Your nurse adviser will want to know about your vaccination history, so bring this information if you can. Take a look at our consultation form to learn more about the questions you will be asked during your appointment.

Can I get vaccines on an accelerated schedule?

Several multi-dose vaccines can be administered on a schedule that is completed sooner. When you come for your appointment, your travel health adviser can tell you which shots you can have on an accelerated schedule.

How can a travel health consultation help last-minute travellers?

As well as administering vaccinations travel health nurses can give advice on avoiding illness. This is particularly important for anyone travelling before their vaccinations are providing best protection. Basic steps like avoiding insect bites can help you avoid exposure to viruses and bacteria that cause dangerous diseases like malaria and yellow fever. And food and water precautions can protect you from typhoid, polio and hepatitis A. Of course, avoidance is only part of your strategy: you do need to back this up by getting the right vaccinations for your destination.

Our nurse travel health advisers also have all the latest travel health news at their fingertips and can help you work out what diseases you might be exposed to and, therefore, what precautions you need to take to protect your health while travelling. Our nurse advisers can do this much faster than you would be able to do yourself!

I’m looking for a travel clinic in Toronto

Look no further than Canadian Travel Clinics if you need travel vaccinations in Toronto. We can offer evening and early morning appointments for your convenience. Book online now.