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Travel Health Clinic in Selkirk Now Offers Yellow Fever Vaccinations for Travellers

Recently, the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority travel health clinic in Selkirk was designated by the Public Health Agency of Canada as a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre which means residents can now receive this vaccination closer to home.

To prevent certain public health risks from crossing borders, certain countries require visitors to be vaccinated against yellow fever prior to being granted entry into the country. Clients who are vaccinated against yellow fever receive an International Certificate of Vaccination of Prophylaxis stating that they are vaccinated against the disease.

Yellow fever is a disease transmitted by the bite of a mosquito. The name comes from the yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice) that occurs when the virus attacks the liver. The main form of prevention is vaccination.

Previously, travellers living in the Interlake-Eastern Health Authority could receive all other travel vaccinations at the travel health clinic, but had to attend a clinic in Winnipeg for their yellow fever vaccination.

Deanna Liebrecht, registered nurse who specializes in public health and travel health with the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, says the demand for the yellow fever vaccination caused the travel health clinic in Selkirk to look into receiving the designation.

“It’s essentially a one-stop shop for travel health vaccination,” says Liebrecht, “By offering this vaccination, our clients can now receive all of their travel health vaccinations in our clinic.”

The International Health Regulations were developed to help prevent and respond to certain public health risks that have the potential to cross borders. The Public Health Agency of Canada is responsible for designating these sites in Canada.

The Interlake-Eastern travel health clinic is located at 202-237 Manitoba Avenue in Selkirk. The clinic’s hours of operation are Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with expanded hours during the typically busier winter months.  To make an appointment, please call 1-204-785-4891 at least 6-8 weeks in advance of anticipated travel. 

Click here for travel health information.

 

 

 

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