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ServicesTravel Medicine & Vaccination

A pharmacist at Pratt’s can offer you a detailed pre-travel consultation. This will include assessing your travel itinerary and your appropriate medical history (vaccination history, current and past medications, allergies, chronic diseases) in order to provide vaccinations, medication recommendations, and other advice to help you plan a safe trip.

Many Canadians do not remain up-to-date with recommended booster doses of regular vaccinations. In addition, travelling abroad may put you at risk of a variety of vaccine preventable diseases, depending on the destination and activities during the trip.

Your pharmacist can recommend, prescribe, and administer vaccinations to prevent diseases such as:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Yellow Fever
  • Tetanus/diphtheria
  • Influenza
  • Pneumococcal disease

As part of the consultation, you may also receive recommendations for:

  • Medications to prevent malaria
  • Medications to treat traveller’s diarrhea and strategies to prevent other food-borne illnesses
  • Medications to treat altitude illness and advice on when to seek medical attention
  • Advice on prevention of non-vaccine preventable diseases such as Dengue Fever, Zika virus, Chikungunya, Cuteanous Larva Migrans and Leishmaniasis
  • Contents of a personalized travel health kit in order to be prepared to treat a variety of minor illnesses which are common during travel
  • Travel accessories for prevention of diseases

The best time to speak to your pharmacist is at least 6-8 weeks prior to your trip. Many travel vaccinations are given in a 2 or 3 dose series and may not be effective immediately after they are given. In addition, some countries may require proof of certain travel vaccinations for entry into the country.

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