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National Travel Vaccine Shortage

As of September 20th, 2018 there is a national shortage of some common travel vaccines. The vaccines affected by the shortage currently include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Rabies. All of these vaccines are recommended vaccines and not necessarily required vaccines for travel. Information in our consultation will be provided about other methods of prevention to help reduce risk of disease. We regret the inconvenience this manufacturer shortage may cause.

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Barefoot on the beach!

Who among us can’t wait to kick off our shoes and go for a barefoot walk on the beach? We are not going to say “don’t do this”, however we do have a few words of caution.

A parasite called Ancylostomatidae, part of the hook worm family, can cause a skin infection know as cutaneous larve migrans. The parasite can be excreted in the stool of cats and dogs,  where it can then be deposited in warm moist sand. If you happen to walk on infested sand, the parasite can burrow its way under your skin and cause severe swelling and itching. Symptoms can go away on their own in 2 to 4 weeks however if bothersome, treatment is available.
So prevention is always best! Look for stray cats and dogs on beaches and think about wearing water shoes or sandles when going for a walk. Wipe any part of your body that comes in contact with sand.
Are you heading on vacation soon? Huronia Travel Clinic provides individualized consultations and services to provide pre-travel advice that will help you to plan a healthy and enjoyable trip. Let our experts advise you on any health concerns with your chosen destination or what travel vaccines and prescriptions are recommended for your trip.
Book your appointment online today!
-HTC Team
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You might be escaping the winter blahs but not the flu!

You might be escaping the winter blahs but not the flu!

While flu season, for us, usually occurs during winter months, influenza occurs year round in the tropics. Health Canada recommends flu vaccine for everyone, including travelers, aged 6 months of age and older. Travelers spend time in crowded airports, planes, trains and buses which can put them in environments with an increased risk of getting the flu. True influenza is a respiratory illness and symptoms are sudden onset of high fever (39), cough and muscle aches. Other symptoms can include headache chills loss of appetite fatigue and sore throat. Children can have vomiting and diarrhea. Most people will recover form flu after 7 to 10 days, but for those with chronic illness there is a risk of severe complications such as pneumonia. The vaccine is free for all Ontarians and is available from your health care provider including pharmacists.

-the HTC Team

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Planning a trip?

Planning a trip?

Summer is often a time when folks plan a winter vacation. As planning is half the fun, researching and planning now this gives you lots of time to think about where you might want to go and what you might want to do upon arriving in your destination. Our advice for what you might need for your trip, does depends on knowing the details about your trip: exactly where in the country of destination are you going? Rural often presents slightly more risk to a traveler, urban travel has different considerations. Staying with friends and relatives, while economical can present some challenges to your health. In our travel consultation, we can help sort out these issues and more.

Happy planning and book an appointment with Huronia Travel Clinic at least 6 weeks before you leave.

-HTC team

 

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Mosquito-borne illness in Simcoe Muskoka

Mosquito-borne illness in Simcoe Muskoka

We often talk about mosquito borne diseases such as malaria, Japanese Encephalitis, Dengue, Chickugunya and Zika, at our clinic particularly when folks are travelling to Africa or South East Asia. But you don’t have to travel very far to be concerned about mosquito borne illnesses. West Nile Virus (WNV) is still a concern in Simone Muskoka and through-out Ontario. If you spend any time outdoors you need to consider personal protective measures (PPM) to prevent being bitten. PPM are the only preventative strategy we have to prevent getting WNV, and tick bites too! Check out the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit website for the most current information about WNV and ticks in our community.

-HTC Team

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Huronia Travel Clinic attends the International Society of Travel Medicine

The Huronia Travel Clinic team just returned from Barcelona, Spain from the 15th Congress of the International Society of Travel Medicine. There was great food and drink but also fantastic opportunities to network with other travel medicine practioners from all over the world! It is always an experience to rub shoulders with some of the world leaders in a specific field. Our practice patterns are consistent with our international colleagues on many interesting destinations and itineraries. We will continue to be at the forefront of travel medicine and be on top of any new and emerging trends at Huronia Travel Clinic.

We look forward to servicing your travel needs on your next adventure! 

 

 

Book an appointment with us today either by phone or use our online booking feature.

-HTC team

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