Would you rather endure a couple rounds of travel vaccinations or a bout of Hepatitis? If you’re anything like me, you put off those pesky shots, rushing into the clinic with your teeth clenched at the very last minute.
Educate yourself about your destination’s travel vaccination requirements
But the sooner you educate yourself about your destination’s travel vaccination requirements, the better. Where some vaccinations are suggestions, others are mandatory to enter a country.
The Government of Canada recommends contacting your doctor, nurse or health care provider, or visiting a travel health clinic six weeks before you travel.
It’s a good idea to do some research
In my experience, before you start talking shots, it’s a good idea to do some research. This way, you can ask informed questions and make sure you’re really getting just what you need. The last time I went for vaccinations, I narrowly avoided being given the wrong ones!
In the dark about which vaccinations are right for you? Check out the Government of Canada’s list of recommended vaccines and learn about prevention and treatment, in case you do get sick while away.
Here are some other useful links…
For travel health notices and to search vaccines for your destination: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/index-eng.php
To find a travel clinic in your area: http://www.vaccines411.ca/en/
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