Frequently Asked Questions

How soon before traveling should I come in for an appointment?
Am I too late to book an appointment?Do I have to see my doctor as well?How long is a travel consultation?I have heard there are vaccines that are sometimes required for entry into certain countries. Will I need vaccines like this?I am returning to the country I used to live in.  Do I really need a travel consultation?  Why is there a fee for an appointment?
How soon before traveling should I come in for an appointment?


Book your appointment at least 4-6 weeks before you leave to make sure there is enough time to have all your immunizations.  However, short notice appointments are usually available.  If you are leaving sooner than 6 weeks we will provide appropriate immunizations and medications to offer the maximum protection possible.

NOTE: Yellow Fever vaccination MUST be completed at least 10 days prior to entry into the country requiring proof of vaccination or you may not be able to enter the country.

Am I too late to book an appointment?

Absolutely not. Some vaccines can be given up to the day before leaving on your trip. Don’t hesitate to call us for a last minute appointment. Vaccines, medications and education all play a key role in keeping you healthy!

Do I have to see my doctor as well?

No.  Our pharmacists are prescribers and can both prescribe and administer all vaccines and medications needed. 

How long is a travel consultation?

Be prepared to spend about 60 minutes with our travel consultant.  For families or groups this may be longer depending on how many vaccinations are administered during the appointment.

I have heard there are vaccines that are sometimes required for entry into certain countries. Will I need vaccines like this?

Currently, meningococcal meningitis,  yellow fever and polio vaccine are the only required vaccines for entrance to or exit from certain countries.  During a travel consultation, your individual vaccination needs are assessed based on your itinerary and you will be advised if any of the vaccinations are necessary.

I am returning to the country I used to live in.  Do I really need a travel consultation?  

After moving away from a country, our natural immunity to many diseases such as traveller’s diarrhea and malaria decreases over time. Vaccinations and/or medications are usually needed. We will assess your personal medical and vaccination history in conjunction with your specific travel itinerary to provide you with the best information and necessary prescriptions for a safe and healthy trip.

Why is there a fee for an appointment?

Travel health services are not covered by Alberta Health Care.  Our consultants have undergone extensive education and training in the field of travel medicine.  Your appointment fee covers the time for your appointment as well as the preparation ahead of time in accessing your health records and preparing your risk assessment as well as providing your vaccines and medications to you.  Having an appointment with a travel health care specialist is similar to having an appointment with your doctor, lawyer or accountant.

CONTACT US

#109, 65 Chippewa Road Sherwood Park, AB 780.467.9839 sherwooddispensaries@mintdrugs.com

Travel Clinic Hours
Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm Saturday 9am - 1pm Sunday and Holidays Closed

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