Friday, October 7, 2011

Travel Vaccinations

If you are planning to travel outside of Canada, it is always a good idea to visit a travel medicine clinic to find out if there are any precautions you need to take for yourself and your children.

This may seem obvious for far-flung trips to the rainforests of Brazil or the wilds of Africa, but it is important to be aware of travel health issues even in the less obvious places:  Recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel health advisories included outbreaks of measles in Norway, and upsurges of dengue fever in the Bahamas (yes, even Nassau) and malaria in Greece.

According to Dr. Mark Wise, Director of Toronto’s ‘The Travel Clinic':
  • There are lots of interesting diseases out there 
  • With a little bit of common sense, you probably won’t get any of them 
  • You should probably know about them anyway, just in case
Dr. Wise’s website is a fantastic resource for any destination, and his entertaining writing style makes for an engaging read.

Find your nearest travel clinic

If you have concerns about vaccinating your kids, you are not alone.  Today’s Parent Magazine offers an informative take on the pros and cons of vaccinating your child and addresses many of the common myths.

Useful Travel Health Resources:
Online Directory of Canadian Travel Health Clinics
Healthy Travel with Kids (CDC)
International Travel & Health (World Health Organization)
Travel Health (Public Health Agency of Canada)
Travel Vaccines (Public Health Agency of Canada)
Well on Your Way – A Canadian’s Guide to Healthy Travel Abroad


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