Some Interesting Travel Medicine Facts

Did you know……….

  • That there is no vaccine (yet) against malaria, you need to take pills to prevent malaria.
  • Yellow fever vaccine is required to enter certain countries in Africa and South America.(The VCH Travel Clinic is a Yellow Fever designated centre — family physicians do not provide this vaccine as well as most other travel vaccines)
  • There is a medication you can take to prevent altitude illness. Many travelers go to high altitude locations such as Cuzco, Peru; La Paz, Bolivia; Kilimanjaro, Tanzania and Nepal.
  • Meningococcal meningitis vaccine is required to enter Saudi Arabia.
  • Many countries in Europe and the former U.S.S.R. are reporting outbreaks of measles and mumps. People born after 1970 should have 2 doses of this vaccine.

We provide travel-specific vaccinations, malaria counseling, prescriptions and travel health advice.

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