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London Drugs clinics prepare global travelers
May 2nd, 2014
CALGARY, Alberta – To cater to the health needs of international and adventure travelers, London Drugs is offering travel and immunization clinics at 16 stores in British Columbia and Alberta.
The western Canada drug chain said Thursday that travelers can book a one-on-one consultation with a London Drugs travel medicine pharmacist to discuss their needs and get vaccinations. Pharmacies can also direct bill most patient's insurance plans.
"We educate and prepare patients for a safe and healthy trip, and we administer vaccinations. All these services are available by-appointment and do not require patients to visit their doctor," Jacqueline VandeBeek-Ainslie, a travel medicine pharmacist at London Drugs, said in a statement.
The London Drugs travel and immunization clinics, which include a new clinic in Calgary, Alberta, help protect travelers against cholera, hepatitis A/B, typhoid fever, meningitis, yellow fever and other diseases.
Vaccine recommendations depend on a variety of factors, including destination, duration, and nature of travel, age and previous immunization history, the drug chain noted. For example, international health regulations require a yellow fever vaccination for travel to countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South America, and Saudi Arabia requires proof of meningococcal vaccination travel during certain dates. The traveler clinics are designed to help people understand the requirements for certain types of travel and the preventive options available.
"Certain vaccines are required to enter a country. Others are recommended to help avoid common illnesses affecting vacationers such as traveler's diarrhea or hepatitis," VandeBeek-Ainslie explained.
Besides vaccinations, the travel clinics also can provide guidance on travel medical insurance and travel first aid, as well as advise people with diabetes and those on prescription medication how to prepare for their trip.
London Drugs said its travel medicine pharmacists are internationally certified, undergoing a yearlong training program and taking an exam through the International Society of Travel Medicine to receive a certificate in travel health. The London Drugs travel and immunization clinic is a certified yellow fever vaccination center, the drug chain added.
Customers planning international travel or adventure vacations can find a list of travel clinic locations on the London Drugs website at LDTravelClinics.ca. Overall, London Drugs has 77 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as an online store LondonDrugs.com.