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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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Routine Immunizations

You have booked your air plane ticket and car rental, bought your travel health insurance but have you checked if your routine immunizations are up to date? Travel is a great time to review your immunizations such as tetanus and measles. While here in Ontario we have high immunization coverage rates for disease like measles, many countries do not allow travel to such places when you are not protected with vaccines and can lead to what is called imported cases. Since 2015 there have been 196 cases of measles: most cases were in not up to date with measles vaccine and most were related to travel. Be safe! Book an appointment today to review your immunizations such as tetanus and measles.

-Laurie

Huronia Travel Clinic

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Tropical Medicine + Travel Health Advice

Thinking of going on a cruise? What a fun and relaxing (or maybe not so relaxing depending on how many excursions you book) way to spend 1, 2 or more weeks. Cruise travel is very safe but there are some health issues to consider. Health Canada and the Committee to Advise tropcial Medicine and Travel (CATMAT) has written an entire statement on cruise travel and guidelines for travel health professionals to advise travellers who are planning a cruise. Our goal is to help you enjoy your cruise adventure.

Book an appoinment with us to find out more about what you can do to have a safe and healthy trip!

 

-Laurie

Huronia Travel Clinic

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