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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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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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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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Long + Winding Road

The long and winding road…as the Beatles’ song says, some of our travellers have very long, complex and varied itineraries but we love this kind of challenge at the Huronia Travel Clinic in Barrie. We often see folks who are travelling for several months and are not quite sure of their exact destinations or length of time they plan to spend is each place. No worries! We can help sort out what you might need and be respectful of your budget. Make an appointment today for a consultation for your trip.

-Laurie

Huronia Travel Clinic

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Travel Clinic Fun!

Working in the Huronia Travel Clinic here in Barrie is so much fun! We get to meet the most interesting folks. Whether it’s large groups needing their consultations and vaccinations, or indivual families or couples traveling abroad. Today I saw a retired couple who are driving the Pan American highway all the way from Alaska to the tip of South America. How cool is that?

We had some very interesting discussions about what vaccines they might need including Yellow Fever (which fortunately they already had and Malaria, they are in and out of Malaria areas and of course all of the other mosquito born illnesses (Dengue, Zika etc.) that are endemic in many of the countries they are driving through. A very exciting trip!

 

– Laurie

Huronia Travel Clinic

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