Specialty program: Travel health
What is travel medicine?
International travel for business and leisure has increased dramatically. This expanded range of travel has increased exposure to health risks that are normally not prevalent in Canada. Exposures can originate from carriers of local diseases (e.g. food handlers), water sources and insects.
Common examples include hepatitis A or B, traveller's diarrhea, malaria, TB, yellow fever, and denque fever. Failure to keep standard Canadian immunizations current can also increase health risks.
The goal of travel health is to decrease the risk of disease and to prevent serious illness while enabling travelers to stay safe and healthy.
We can help you with:
- Travel health advice
- Onsite pre-travel vaccinations
- Advice on preventative medications
- Updating Canadian standard immunizations
- Travel safety tips
- Work-related immunizations
- Corporate onsite consultations and immunizations available on request
- Flu shots
- TB testing (individual/groups)
- Designated by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) as Yellow Fever Vaccination Center
What to expect:
- Consultations take approximately an hour.
- Travel plans are reviewed and counseling is completed on current health and safety risks associated with the area(s) you plan to visit.
- Travel vaccinations as recommended or needed, are available and can be administered onsite.
- Detailed information is provided and if required prescriptions for the prevention of malaria and the treatment for traveller’s diarrhea.
- Our clinic physician is available for consultation if required.
Who can benefit:
- International travelers
- Government employees
When to seek a consultation:
Before a trip
Some immunizations must be taken several weeks in advance of travel in order to be effective. For this reason, we recommend that consultations for travel medicine be booked at least one to two months in advance. This is especially important for an extended trip.
Nurse / physician services on site
Travel medicine is a medical specialty that requires constant vigilance on health risks emerging anywhere in the world. Our clinic subscribes to the most current information to ensure our clients are provided with the most up-to-date services.
A referral is not needed, but we do accept referrals from family physicians.
Cost and coverage
Whether you are receiving physiotherapy, chiropractic service, massage therapy, occupational therapy or other types of rehabilitation services, most health insurance providers reimburse all or a portion of the fees.
Our clinic staff can help confirm your health insurance coverage. Your treatment may be partially or fully covered if you have extended health benefits, a worker’s compensation claim, or were injured in a motor vehicle accident.
Find a Lifemark clinic to determine the coverage options available to you which may include:
- All third-party insurance
- Extended health benefits
- Worker’s compensation
- Motor vehicle accident insurance
Please note that for payment, all major credit cards, debit, cash and personal cheques are accepted.
Where to find us
Travel health is currently only available at our Lifemark Bayers Road clinic in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
We are also one of the few licensed yellow fever centres in Nova Scotia.
For more information: 1-877-997-8484