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Vaccines411 Travel Brochure

Vaccines411 Travel Brochure

WHAT TRAVEL VACCINES DO YOU NEED TODAY?

If you are planning to travel outside of Canada, you may be exposed to different health risks than you are at home. Vaccine-preventable infectious diseases that are very rare here may be common in other countries. That’s why it is important that you are up-to-date with both routine and travel vaccinations.

Travel health recommendations differ for each individual and depend on your health and immunization status, destination(s), type of travel, planned activities, and length of stay. Consult a healthcare provider or visit a travel health clinic, at least four to six weeks before you travel, and be sure you are aware of infectious disease risks and vaccine requirements for your destination.1

CHOLERA / TRAVELLERS’ DIARRHEA1,2

  • I am travelling to a rural location / place with inadequate sanitary facilities.
  • I will be working with / have close contact with the local population.
  • I may be at increased risk of severe consequences due to health- or age-related factors.
  • I cannot afford a brief illness while I travel.

HEPATITIS A / HEPATITIS B (INDIVIDUAL OR COMBINED VACCINES)1-3

  • I am travelling to a rural location / place with inadequate sanitary facilities.
  • I am travelling to my country of origin to visit friends and relatives.
  • I will be working with / have close contact with the local population.
  • I may have health / lifestyle risks (eg, new sexual partners / use of street drugs).

HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS (HPV)4

  • I am a female between the ages of 9 and 45, with or without a history of abnormal Pap tests, genital warts, or HPV infection.
  • I am a male between the ages of 9 and 26, with or without a history of genital warts, or HPV infection.

INFLUENZA1,5

  • I have not had my seasonal flu shot1 and I am over 6 months of age.
  • I may be at increased risk of severe consequences due to health- or age-related factors; children, pregnant women, persons over 65, and those with immunosuppression are at greatest risk of complications.

JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS1

  • I am travelling to rural areas of Southeast Asia.
  • I will be participating in outdoor activities like hiking, camping and swimming.

MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE1

  • I am travelling to Africa / Saudi Arabia and may require proof of vaccination.
  • I have not been vaccinated against all 4 or 5 main strains of meningococcal bacteria (A,C,W,Y or A,C,W,Y, & B).

MEASLES-MUMPS-RUBELLA / VARICELLA VACCINE (MMR / MMRV)1

  • I am travelling to a country where vaccination is not widely adopted.
  • I will be at events / attractions that draw a large crowd.

PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINATION4,5

  • I am age 65 or older, and:
    • I have never had a pneumococcal shot, or
    • it has been 5 years or more since the last shot.
  • I am younger than age 65, I have not had a pneumococcal shot, and may be at increased risk because:
    • I live in a long term care facility.
    • I smoke cigarettes.
    • I have heart, lung (including asthma), liver, or kidney disease.
    • I have diabetes.
    • I have alcoholism.
    • I have a medical condition that affects my immune system (eg, HIV) or requires immune suppressing treatment.

POLIOMYELITIS1

  • I have never been vaccinated against polio.
  • I was previously vaccinated but am travelling to a high-risk area and may benefit from a single lifetime booster shot.

PPD (MANTOUX TEST) / TUBERCULOSIS1

  • I have never been vaccinated against tuberculosis.
  • I am travelling to an area where this infection is endemic.
  • I will be working with / have close contact with the local population.

RABIES1

  • I am travelling with a child who may need to be vaccinated.
  • I am planning a long stay in an area where rabies is common and access to post-exposure management is unknown.

SHINGLES (ZOSTER) VACCINATION2

  • I am an adult age 50 or older and haven't had a shingles shot.

TETANUS, DIPHTHERIA, AND PERTUSSIS (WHOOPING COUGH) CONTAINING VACCINATION (TD & TDAP)2

  • I have not had or am not aware of having a vaccine containing tetanus or pertussis (Tdap) as an adolescent or adult.
  • It has been 10 years or more since I received any tetanus and diphtheria-containing shots.
  • I am in contact with infants and want to reduce the risk of transmitting pertussis to those who are too young to be fully protected.

TICK-BORNE ENCEPHALITIS (TBE)1

  • I will be participating in outdoor activities like hiking, camping and swimming.
  • I am travelling to an area where this infection is common.

TYPHOID1

  • I am travelling to a rural location / place with inadequate sanitary facilities.
  • I am planning a long stay in an area of Asia / Africa where this infection is common.
  • I am travelling to my country of origin to visit friends and relatives.
  • I am travelling with a child who may need to be vaccinated.

YELLOW FEVER10

  • I am travelling to South America / Africa and may require proof of vaccination.
  • I am travelling to a tropical destination during or following the rainy season.
  • I will be participating in outdoor activities like hiking, camping and swimming.

PERSONAL PREVENTIVE MEASURES5

Preventive measures can help you avoid food / water-borne illnesses such as cholera, typhoid, and hepatitis A; insect-transmitted viruses including malaria, Zika, dengue, Chikungunya, Avian influenza, Japanese encephalitis, and tick-borne encephalitis; and water / soil-borne parasitic infections.

BE AWARE - EAT, DRINK & PLAY WITH CARE!5

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often and practice good personal hygiene.
  • Use only boiled or bottled water.
  • Eat well-cooked foods.
  • Wash fruit and peel just before eating.
  • Avoid unpasteurized milk and milk products.
  • Keep water away from your mouth and nose when swimming/bathing.
  • Avoid skin-to-soil contact (eg, walking barefoot) in tropical countries.
  • Depending on your destination, you may want to ask about a prescription for anti-malarials, and / or take along oral rehydration salts for severe diarrhea.

GUARD AGAINST INSECT BITES5

  • Keep your skin fully covered - wear light-coloured, loose-fitting, tucked-in clothing, shoes (not sandals), and a hat.
  • Apply an insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin (also known as Picaridin) to exposed skin, according to product directions.
  • Sleep under a bed net, preferably treated with insecticide.

"CONSULT A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL AT LEAST
4 TO 6 WEEKS BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
TO UNDERSTAND YOUR VACCINATION NEEDS"

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Print Vaccines Check List

Travel vaccine recommendations depend on your destination. Use this list to identify vaccines you have received and discuss your needs with your healthcare provider or travel clinic.

TRAVEL VACCINATIONS TO BE CONSIDERED:


Chickenpox
Cholera
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
HPV
Influenza
Japanese Encephalitis
Meningitis
Measles
Mumps
Pneumonia
Polio
Rabies
Rubella
Shingles
Tetanus
Tick-borne Encephalitis
Traveller’s Diarrhea
Tuberculosis
Typhoid
Whooping Cough
Yellow Fever

ARE MY ROUTINE VACCINATIONS UP-TO-DATE?


Yes
No
I don’t know

SHARE WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
Schedule your vaccinations, then keep for your records.