I’m leaving shortly for a sun destination (e.g. Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, etc.) and my travel agent told me that I don’t require any vaccines for this trip. What do you think?


Some vaccines are mandatory in order to enter various countries and are designed, among other things, to protect the local population of the country you are visiting (e.g. yellow fever vaccine, meningitis vaccine, etc.).

Other vaccines are recommended in order for you protect your own health (e.g. hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid fever, tetanus, etc.).

For the most popular sun destinations, such as Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, etc., an update of your basic vaccination (e.g. tetanus), as well as specific vaccines for your trip, will be recommended.

I’m going abroad in just a few days. Is it too late for me to get vaccinated?

Since complete vaccination and immunization may require more than one visit, it would be ideal to consult us six to eight weeks prior to your departure.

However, it’s never too late to consult us. The appropriate vaccines, advice and medication prescriptions may even be given on the eve of your departure, if necessary, and can have a major impact on preventing health problems abroad.

We’ll do everything in our power to see you in the clinic as quickly as possible.

Will the vaccine make me sick during my trip?

Most vaccines used for travellers are very well tolerated. At the travel health clinic, you’ll receive all the relevant information on the possible side effects of the various vaccines.

I’m currently taking antibiotics. Can I still get vaccinated?

Generally speaking, for most vaccines, administration isn’t contraindicated when you’re on antibiotics.

Similarly, vaccination isn’t contraindicated if you’re in good health but have a benign infection with no fever, such as a cold, or even mild diarrhea.

I’ve been told that antimalarial medication is very hard to tolerate. Is this true?

Currently, there’s no vaccine available to prevent malaria. However, effective medication can help to prevent this disease and, for most travellers, this medication is well tolerated. It’s important to go for a consultation as early as possible before your departure, since you must start taking this medication before your stay in a malarial area.

Most of the side effects are minor and the travel health clinic physician will discuss the major issues with you. You mustn’t forget that malaria is a potentially fatal disease that may cause serious health problems. You must therefore try to prevent it as necessary.

At the clinic, you’ll be given important advice on how to avoid insect bites.

Are vaccines23 reimbursed by my private insurance company?

Most private insurance companies reimburse these charges.

My children are accompanying us on this trip. Must they be vaccinated?

There are definitely specific health risks for youngsters who travel. It’s therefore essential that they be well protected.

Adult vaccination is also important since, contrary to popular belief, for certain diseases, the risk of complications is much higher when these diseases are contracted as an adult. It’s therefore recommended that all family members receive the necessary protection.

Is vaccination contraindicated for pregnant women?

Pregnancy itself is a condition that predisposes women to certain greater health problems in foreign countries.

There are travel vaccines and medication that are indicated for pregnant women. However, others may have harmful effects on the pregnancy.

It’s therefore of the utmost importance to consult with the experts at the travel health clinic in order to assess the entire situation.

I’m very prone to traveller’s diarrhea (turista). What do you recommend?

Traveller’s diarrhea is a very frequent problem. There are several ways to minimize the risks.

During your consultation, we’ll give you all the relevant prevention tips and, when necessary, a prescription for medication to treat diarrhea.

An oral vaccine against traveller’s diarrhea is also available.

Do I need to bring sterile syringes for my trip?

Unfortunately, sanitary conditions and medical services in foreign countries don’t always meet our North American standards.

The healthcare professional at the clinic will recommend, when necessary, that you bring a syringe kit, along with an official certificate authorizing transport (available at the clinic).

Many travellers never leave the country without taking this precaution.

I was born abroad and I’m returning to my native country to visit my family. Do I really need a consultation?

Even if it’s true that, as a child, you were exposed to infectious diseases to which you may have developed a certain immunity, if you’ve been in Canada for several years, this immunity may have substantially decreased, based on the disease.

In addition, staying with your family in a foreign country may present certain greater risks than staying in a hotel.

It’s therefore strongly recommended that you go for a consultation when you’re planning this type of trip.

I’m going on a luxury cruise. Are there any precautions I should take?

Some health problems may arise on the ship itself, while others may occur on your excursions. It’s therefore essential that you consult the travel health clinic.