Before you leave for your trip, you should consult a doctor at a travel clinic (also known as a travel health clinic or traveller’s clinic). But why? I have never done this you tell yourself. Here are the three main reasons why you should do this:
- To understand the risks to your health
- To find out what personal prevention measures you may need during your trip
- To find out which vaccines are recommended and when you should receive them.
- Consult a doctor or a travel health clinic at least six weeks before you leave.
Personally, I was in one of these clinics during my trip to Costa Rica and I was very satisfied. Not only did I receive the necessary vaccines, but I was told what I had to be careful to avoid diseases. I was also given medication to relieve myself in the event of some health problems there.
If you decide to visit a clinic, do so several weeks (minimum 6 weeks) in advance as some vaccines require several doses.
To find a traveller’s clinic, you can contact your CLSC (many have one). The Public health agency of Canada has listed several of Canada’s Travel health clinics. You can see the list at the following address.
Do you want to do a little research on health and your planned travel location? Here is a great site to do it. This is the site of the Quebec Advisory Committee on the Health of travellers.