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Planning a Winter Get-away? Plan for your health too!

Are you thinking of a winter getaway this year? It’s not too early to also start thinking about getting some travel health advice. Many countries require a vaccination certificate before allowing you to cross their borders. Changing health conditions in various locations might also mean you’ll need to take extra precautions or even medications to prevent malaria!  Some vaccinations require a series of shots that can take several weeks – or even months -- to complete.

How do you stay on top of all these things? Make an appointment with our region’s Travel Health Clinic!

If you are planning to travel internationally, you should be aware that conditions in other countries may be very different from those in Canada and may seriously affect your health and personal security.  A well-informed traveler is more likely to be a healthy traveler. When you visit our regional Travel Health Clinic for a consultation, the travel health nurse will make a thorough assessment of the health risks involved with your trip and provide you with the best advice for taking precautions. In making a plan to ensure you’re healthy during your travels, a travel health nurse will look at:

  • Where you’ll be travelling
  • How long your trip will last
  • The purpose of your trip
  • How you’re travelling (back packing, hiking, five-star hotel)
  • Your age
  • The time of year (health risks change with the season)
  • Whether you’ll be traveling in urban or rural settings
  • Your existing medical conditions or medications

Our travel health clinic can also provide you with any vaccinations you may need in advance of your travels. Even special designation vaccines– such as Yellow Fever – are available on site.

Deanna Liebrecht, and Interlake-Eastern RHA registered nurse specializing in public health and travel health, says that everything you’ll need to prepare for your travel health is available in one place.

“It’s essentially a one-stop-shop for travel health vaccination,” says Liebrecht. “By getting designation to offer even the rarer vaccines, like Yellow Fever, we can offer our clients all of their travel health vaccinations in our clinic without having to go elsewhere for additional inoculations. If travel specific prescriptions are required, we also have a physician available.

It’s recommended that you make an appointment with the travel health clinic at least 6 to 8 weeks prior to your planned travel date. The Interlake-Eastern Travel Health Clinic is located at 1st Floor – 237 Manitoba Avenue in Selkirk. The clinic’s hours of operations are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with expanded hours during peak travel times (such as the winter months). To make an appointment please call 1-204-785-4891.

For more information and resources to help you plan for your health when travelling, visit the Travel Health Clinic website page at www.ierha.ca under Care in Your Community / Public Health / Travel Health Clinic.

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