Planning to Travel Somewhere Warm this Winter?
Are your Immunizations Up to Date?
Tropical Vacations are something to look forward too, however, it is best to visit your health provider well before your trip. Be Safe and be Prepared!
Check with us or the Thunder Bay District Health Unit to check if your immunizations are up to date.
Over the years some vaccinations wane, therefore you may want to have a simple blood test to check your immunity.
Some diseases to consider when traveling:
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread by contaminated food or water.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or body fluids. Travelers may be exposed through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure.
Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. When you are travelling you face close exposure to many people for long periods such as on a plane. Tropical locations have flu season all year long!
Rabies is a disease that attacks the central nervous system spread to humans through a bite, scratch or lick from a rabid animal. Vaccination should be considered for travelers going to areas of high risk with the possibility of close contact with animals.
Typhoid is bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among travelers visiting rural areas, those visiting friends and relatives, or those with weakened immune systems. Those travelling to areas with poor sanitation should get vaccinated.
For More information
Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada: www.phac.gc.ca
This website gives you great information for traveling.
Posted on January 24, 2017