Travelling Abroad? Don’t forget about travel and routine immunizations

by Wayne Ghesquiere on June 2, 2017

Travellers heading abroad should make sure they leave time before departure to check their vaccines history. There are many reasons travellers neglect to get their immunizations and unvaccinated individuals could be susceptible to illnesses such as measles.

Measles is a virus that is spread through droplets in the air from the cough and/or sneezes of an infected individual. It can also be spread when a person touches an object that has been recently exposed to mucus or saliva. Measles can cause complications such as ear infections, pneumonia, encephalitis, and even death in some cases.

Measles is still common in many areas of the world and it is important to be vaccinated in order to prevent the spread of this disease.   Travellers who are not vaccinated risk getting sick, as well as bringing measles back from their trip and potential infecting others.

Prior to the availability of vaccinations many Canadians died from illness like measles that are now vaccine-preventable. Fortunately, there is a vaccine to help protect you. The vaccine contains a weakened form of the measles virus and does not cause the disease.

It is important to seek travel health advice prior to planning any trip, especially for those travelling overseas. Travellers should plan to have vaccinations done at least 4-6 weeks prior to departure to ensure vaccine effectiveness.

Getting vaccinated can help protect yourself and others and to minimize the risk of getting sick while travelling.   A lot of time, energy and money goes into planning a trip abroad, don’t let preventable illnesses ruin your trip away!

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