You should visit a travel clinic well before your departure. The clinic will ensure that you receive the most current advice, as well as any vaccinations and medications that are necessary to avoid health problems while abroad.
A list of travel clinics in your area can be obtained from Health Canada’s Travel Medicine Program at (613) 957-8739 or through the Internet (www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hpb/ lcdc/osh/travel/clinic_e.html), or from the Canadian Society for International Health at (613) 241-5785.
Based on your health risks, the need for vaccinations or other special precautions can be determined. Health Canada’s Laboratory Centre for Disease Control provides travel health information through the Internet (www.hcsc.gc.ca/hpb/lcdc/osh/tmp_e.html).
If you have a pre-existing medical condition that could present a problem while you are travelling, it is wise to wear a MedicAlert® bracelet. Through the MedicAlert® Foundation, your vital medical facts become part of a database that can be accessed 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world. Call 1-800-668-1507 for membership information or visit the MedicAlert® Web site (www.medicalert.ca).