A travel medicine consultation generally involves a face-to-face meeting with a health care professional with special training in travel medicine. You should bring (often you will be asked to supply these in advance) a detailed list of current medications and medication allergies, a detailed vaccination history, and an itinerary listing not only countries and cities but also special activities. With regard to the latter, travel to a high-risk country may actually be very low risk if you move directly from the airport to a Westernized hotel for your three-day conference, and then back to the airport, but the risk profile increases dramatically if the itinerary also includes an afternoon excursion into a rural area or backcountry and a plan to sample indigenous cuisine.
During the consultation the health care provider will generally use a continuously updated subscription service, such as CDC, to offer medical recommendations particular to your stated itinerary. The outcome might range from simple advice on avoiding municipal water during certain legs of your trip to a list of several recommended vaccines, anti-malarial medication, and a just-in-case antibiotic for severe traveler’s diarrhea. Most of the recommendations are just recommendations (though some more ardent than others), but in some situations – yellow fever being the best example – you will be advised that vaccination is actually a requirement for your itinerary.
The consultation should also provide the opportunity, where applicable, to review related topics such as altitude sickness, fear of flying, strategies to minimize the effects of jet lag, food and water precautions, and, most critically, insect precautions. In some settings there also will be discussion of pre- and post-travel testing for tuberculosis.
The purpose of a travel medicine consultation is to help prepare you for potential health consequences of travel to specific regions of the globe where the health risks are different from those you have had to consider in Canada. At a minimum, the consultation provides advice about vaccines (typhoid, yellow fever, hepatitis A, and others) and prophylactic medications (e.g., against malaria). Travel medicine consultations rarely include any type of physical examination, but note that more extensive assessment, potentially including examination and laboratory testing, is required for some visas and programs.
Who needs one?
If you are traveling to most regions of Canada or Western Europe you are admittedly less likely to benefit from a consultation, but there is still value in ensuring that you are current with routine vaccines, including tetanus and measles-mumps-rubella. For all other itineraries, a travel medicine consultation is strongly recommended for students, faculty and staff.
Elite Medical Centre provides immunization / travel vaccines of various preventable diseases. We have a wide variety of vaccines in our center for administration for different age and purpose such as traveling around the world. All our vaccines are FDA /Health Canada approved fresh and stored in temperature regulated environment in consider to manufacture recommendation. We are official centre by Ontario Public Health to administer certain OHIP vaccines such as Tetanus, Flu-shot,etc…
We will advise you for what you exactly need, or what is most important. We never offer vaccine you don’t need.