Pre-travel consultations

While online travel health information can be extremely helpful, travel medicine involves much more than simply identifying which vaccines may be required or recommended for a given destination.

The actual risks within a given destination can vary considerably among travellers, depending on their age and pre-existing health concerns, their travel itineraries, intended activities and accommodations, and the length of their travel.

A thorough and individualized pre-travel health assessment is therefore highly advised to ensure that you receive the most appropriate advice. This will maximize your chances of staying safe and healthy during your travel, and allow you to better enjoy the experience of your trip.

Be prepared. To enjoy your trip!

As it’s necessary to gather details of your trip and personal health information to identify your potential risks, we ask patients attending Timbuktu Travel Medicine to complete a pre-travel questionnaire prior to your appointment. Please be assured that this medical information will be kept confidential.

Following a thorough review of this information, you can expect to receive comprehensive counselling and written information on all applicable topics, including:

  • The Canadian Foreign Affairs Department’s ROCA program (Registration of Canadians Abroad) and carrying Canadian government emergency contact information
  • Authoritative travel medicine websites
  • Accidents during travel
  • Travel heath insurance
  • Responsible travel
  • Food and water precautions
  • Water purification
  • Travellers’ diarrhea
  • Travel and STI (sexually transmitted infection) prevention
  • Drugs and travel
  • HIV Post-exposure prevention
  • Sun and heat exposure concerns
  • Risks associated with water-based activities abroad
  • Jet lag
  • Healthy air travel
  • Cardio-respiratory disease and air travel
  • Concerns regarding travel footwear and clothing
  • Travel health kits
  • Insect bite avoidance precautions
  • Malaria
  • Rabies
  • Culture shock
  • Motion sickness
  • Altitude illness
  • Air travel and blood clot risk
  • Barotraumas
  • Aviophobia (fear of flying)
  • Hurricane season travel tips
  • Cruise travel
  • Mass gatherings/pilgrimages
  • Wilderness and remote region travel
  • Travel issues specific to volunteers and relief workers
  • Risks among those who travel to visit friends and relatives
  • Long-term expatriates
  • Women travellers
  • Pregnant travellers
  • Travelling with kids
  • Older travellers
  • Travelling with underlying illness
  • Diabetes and travel
  • Immune suppression and travel
  • Disabilities and Travel
  • Travellers with HIV

At the end of your travel health consultation, and based on your individualized risk assessment and personal preferences, you will be offered all appropriate immunizations and prescriptions. Immunizations can be completed on-site immediately following your consultation or at an alternate and more convenient time for you if necessary.

We are also pleased to provide you and your family physician with a written copy of your consultation.