Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Carecard
  • Vaccination Records
  • List of Medications
  • Travel Itinerary

WHAT WE PROVIDE:

  • Vaccinations
  • Travel Prescriptions
  • Health Advice
  • Travel Products

ARE THERE FEES?

Yes. Travel Medicine, including consultations and travel vaccines, are not subsidized by the government; the fees you pay cover the cost of the vaccines and the clinic operation. We run on a cost recovery basis, which means that any funds not used to run the clinic go back into public health. We supply clients with a receipt and some extended health plans may cover these costs. Some routine vaccinations are covered by the government and are free of charge.

CAN MY FAMILY DOCTOR PROVIDE THIS?

Aside from some of the routine vaccinations, family doctors or walk in clinics may not have travel vaccines in stock. Our medical staff provide travel prescriptions, routine and travel vaccinations, and travel products all in one place. We are a designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre by the Public Health Agency of Canada. This designation is required to provide the Yellow Fever vaccine, while family doctors and most other clinics do not have this special designation. The Ministry of Health has designated us as the Centre for Excellence in Travel Medicine for British Columbia as well.

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?

Ideally 4 to 6 weeks prior to departure is recommended. This will give you enough time to complete vaccines (including vaccines that require more than 1 dose). If you are leaving on short notice or are a last minute traveller we are happy to accommodate you to provide adequate coverage given the time allowed.

Please call or email us for additional questions and/or information at 604-736-9244 or travel.clinic@vch.ca