Yellow Fever Clinic

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which vaccines do I need?

A: The answer depends upon where you are traveling and your interpretation of the risks as explained by our travel health experts.

Q: How far ahead should I book my pre travel visit?

A: If time permits, book an appointment 4-6 weeks ahead of your trip. If you are making a lengthy or complicated trip, or If you have a chronic disease you may want to book your appointment well in advance of your trip.

Q: I just found out that I have to travel on short notice. Is there time to have a pre-travel visit?

A: We try to fit last minute travelers in where possible. It is never too late to get pre-travel advice and some immunizations will still provide rapid protection.

Q: What should I bring with me for the pre-travel consultation?

A: Please bring your health card, any immunization records, a list of current medications (including vitamins and over the counter) and an itinerary of your trip with the destinations to be travelled and duration of stay in each place. If you are receiving Yellow Fever vaccination it is advisable to bring your passport to your appointment (if possible).

Q: How long will the vaccines I receive last?

A: The duration of protection varies depending upon the vaccine: some vaccines last a lifetime, some last ten years and some only last three months. Your travel health expert can discuss which vaccines you can consider given your past exposures, your current health and your potential risks.

Q: What is the difference between required vaccines and recommended vaccines?

A: Required vaccines are mandated to allow entry into a country. Examples include yellow fever vaccine and meningitis vaccine. Recommended vaccines are those that are directed at minimizing the health risks of potential exposures while traveling abroad.

Q: Does OHIP cover the cost of pre-travel advice and vaccines?

A: Travel medicine is not an insured service of OHIP but some routine shots such as tetanus boosters may be covered by Public Health. In addition, some extended health plans may cover travel vaccines and consultations. Clients can check with their benefits administrator to determine if they are eligible for reimbursement. Detailed receipts are provided to all of our clients for submission purposes.

Q: I am just going to visit friends and relatives abroad. Do I still need pre travel advice?

A: Even though you may have lived overseas in the past, you may no longer be immune to many diseases such as malaria and traveller’s diarrhea. It is always a good idea to receive expert pre-travel advice.

Q: What should I do if I am bitten by a dog or other animal overseas?

A: Always think rabies, as this is preventable if attended to quickly but fatal if left untreated. The cut should be washed well, and every effort should be made to obtain reliable post exposure rabies immune globulin and vaccinations. If you are having difficulty obtaining these products try your embassy or call your nearest International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT) Clinic (see www.iamat.org)

Q: I am pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Can I still receive immunizations?

A: Pregnancy carries particular risk during travel. A thorough pre-travel consultation is recommended. Certain vaccines and medications are safe during pregnancy.

Q: I just returned from a holiday and I feel feverish and unwell. What should I do?

A: If you have been travelling in a tropical country where malaria is present, you should rule this out first. Malaria is a medical emergency and requires blood testing to make a diagnosis. This should be done immediately, with results usually available within several hours. Please proceed to the nearest medical centre and explain that you have recently been in a malarious region.

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