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Vaccines – The 10 most frequently asked questions

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  1. What vaccines do I need? An update of your basic vaccines according to the INSPQ (Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Tetanus among others) will be carried out. Also, at the time of your pre-departure consultation, we may recommend specific vaccines based on your destination and type of travel.

  2. I have been travelling for several years now and I’ve never received any vaccines except for those I received when I was young. I’ve never been ill during my trips. So, why is it so important that I get vaccinated? Why is there so much publicity on this topic? People are travelling more and more and, as a result, there is a significant increase in diseases. Our role is to prevent the risks associated with travel and to raise awareness among travellers on the importance of receiving the recommended vaccines based on the destination. You are the one who decides whether or not to receive the recommended vaccines.

  3. I’m afraid to take anti-malaria medication because of its side effects. Friends have recommended that I not take any because they themselves were ill as a result. What should I believe? I’m not sure what to do. Malaria, sometimes a deadly disease, has seen a significant increase over the last several years due to climate change and urbanization. The possible side effects that may occur are different for everyone and very rare. Furthermore, the side effects can be minimal and temporary. The pharmacist will be able to reassure you on this subject.

  4. I don’t know if I’ve ever been vaccinated since I no longer have my vaccination record and I’m not sure where I got vaccinated in the first place. I have to travel very shortly. Is it dangerous to receive the same vaccines twice?  No, even without your vaccination record and without knowing which vaccines you have already received, it is recommended that you get vaccinated since it is preferable that you be protected prior to your departure.

  5. Are there many side effects associated with vaccinations? After all, I am being injected with a disease’s virus, right? The most frequent side effects are the following: pain, redness and sensitivity at the injection site. There is a possibility of fever, fatigue and muscle pain in the 24 to 48 hours following the vaccination depending on the administered vaccine.

  6. If I receive last minute vaccinations, will I be adequately immunized?  It is always preferable to come in for an appointment even if it is the day before your departure, since certain vaccines can be administered in the short run and still ensure an adequate protection.

  7. Will I need prescriptions?  We will assess your needs based on your destination, type of travel and state of health. Certain medication may be recommended as prevention or treatment in case of need. Our goal is to prevent any health problems that may arise once at your destination and upon your return home.

  8. I’ve already received the Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccines. Do I need other vaccines? We evaluate your vaccination needs based on your destination, type of travel and state of health. We ensure that immunization schedules are in order and, if necessary, we will recommend additional vaccines.

  9. Do insurance companies cover vaccination costs if the vaccines are administered by a travel health clinic? The majority of insurance companies reimburse the costs associated with such professional services. However, it is recommended that you check with your insurance company.

  10. If I get vaccinated a couple of days prior to my departure, will the vaccine’s side effects hinder my trip?  No, since the side effects are generally minimal and occur only for a period of 24 to 48 hours following the vaccination, without hindering your trip.