A travel medicine consultation generally involves a face-to-face meeting with a
health care professional who has 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.
Regarding the letter, travel to a high-risk country may 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. Although, 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 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 will also 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 up to date 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 for different age
group, and various purposes, such as traveling around the world. All our
vaccines are FDA /Health Canada approved and are fresh and stored in a
temperature regulated environment in accordance with the manufacturer
recommendation. We are an official center approved by Ontario Public Health to
administer certain OHIP vaccines such as Tetanus, Flu-shot, etc…
We will give advice on what vaccines are needed and best suited for your needs.
We will never offer a vaccine you don’t require.