Albertans fall under two distinct winter vacation styles: the sun-seekers and the snow-seekers. Both generally have to travel to their preferred sun or snow destination. And they all want to have fun. Any seasoned traveller will tell you
preparation is the key to a fun holiday, which also
means a safe and healthy holiday.
Travelling is inherently risky, so the wise vacationer will take whatever preventative measures
possible, including visiting a travel clinic that can set
them up with prescriptions and antibiotics, as well
as general travel advice.
No matter where you’re headed, it is a good idea
to see a doctor before you go. And while they can
help you get prepared, it is up to you to make your
safety a priority once you’re away.
“Realistically, the services we offer at the clinic are
able to help prevent the infectious diseases,” says
Colleen Jeffery, team lead at Alberta Health Services’
Calgary International Travel Clinic. “That’s only
about one percent of the health risks people may
encounter when they travel. By far the biggest risks
Karen Effa, a public health nurse at AHS’s Travel-
lers’ Health and Immunization Business Unit in
Edmonton, has been working at her job for 16 years.