Tips & Resources

Getting Sick is No Vacation!

By the Team

You have 10 days saved for vacation, and you’ve planned a great getaway. You arrive at your destination—and then the unthinkable happens. You get sick—away from the comforts of home, while your precious relaxation or adventure plans are put on hold. Even worse, you might return home with illnesses you hadn’t even imagined.

Don’t let preventable illnesses disrupt your travel plans. Make a visit to a Travel Health Clinic a regular part of your preparation for any trip.

About two months before you travel, go online to—Canada’s most comprehensive resource for locating and even booking your travel health appointment with experts in travel medicine. 

Why go to a travel health clinic? When you meet with a travel health expert, you can be assured that you’ll get a full assessment of your personal needs based on your health history and the risks you will be exposed to. You will receive a detailed recommendation of the most appropriate forms of protection—from vaccinations to pills to common sense.

“Everyone goes online to check for flight and hotel prices, book trips, and buy travel insurance… but taking care of planning for a healthy trip is all too often overlooked. But now there is a national directory of travel clinics, and it is free,” says Sue Dineno, co-founder and industry leader for vaccination programs in the workplace and in travel clinics nationally.

“When travellers do use a travel clinic and come in for consultation, they are amazed at the package of information they receive… and how much they learn from their travel health professional. That’s how we knew people needed the easy-to-use national clinic locator and international disease database on”

Working with pharmacists across Canada, expands the number of travel medical professionals you can usually find online. “Many Canadians are still missing this vital step of getting vaccinated before travel simply due to the inconvenience of seeking help from their family doctor. But now, with the convenience of online booking with their neighbourhood travel clinic, the availability of travel health protection is being enjoyed by a greater percentage of the travelling public,” says Dan Scharf, co-founder and travel vaccination advocate.

Going to your family doctor for a travel health consultation can cost more time and money than going to a travel clinic. Often appointments for health consultations have longer wait times when illness and injury aren’t present, and some physicians choose to charge for these visits. And there’s another problem: Not all general practitioners in Canada will administer travel vaccinations.

While you’re probably aware that you should take steps to protect your health before you go on a trip, you may not be sure how to get the immunization or medication you need. fills that gap by linking you to providers in over 23,000 communities across Canada. 

When you put in your postal code, you will immediately find a listing of local travel medical clinics ranked by their distance from you. The service is available 24/7 and it is free. You can select local providers that offer online appointment bookings—simply pick the available date and time that is most convenient for you and provide your email information. You will receive an appointment confirmation and even reminder notices. You will also be invited to securely fill in details about your health, destinations, and activities—making your scheduled visit fast, accurate, and personalized to your individual needs.

Click here for a summary of typical vaccinations costs.

When you are planning your next trip, don’t forget to make plans for your travel health by visiting Bring home happy memories, not regrets!