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 youpreparation is the key to a fun holiday, which alsomeans a safe and healthy holiday.
Travelling is inherently risky, so the wise vacationer will take whatever preventative measurespossible, including visiting a travel clinic that can setthem up with prescriptions and antibiotics, as wellas general travel advice.
No matter where you’re headed, it is a good ideato see a doctor before you go. And while they canhelp you get prepared, it is up to you to make yoursafety 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.