TELL US WHERE YOU’RE GOING & WE’LL TELL YOU WHAT YOU NEED

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to travel vaccinations or medications. Every country poses different risks. The meds you need depend on where you go in the world

Again this is the TMVC advantage. We are experienced knowledgeable and understand what you will confront on your trip

Our client profile form will help identify the exact travel vaccines and meds you need when travelling to Africa … and only those

TRAVEL VACCINES TO CONSIDER

Yellow Fever

WHAT IS IT ?
A virus found in South America and Africa

HOW DO I GET IT?
From the bite of a mosquito

WHAT HAPPENS?
Yellow Fever affects multiple organs; heart, lung, bowel and can result in uncontrolled bleeding in around 15% of people

At this stage, up to 20-50% of people will die

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
There is no treatment for Yellow Fever

Vaccination is the only effective way to prevent the disease

*Some countries will deny entry without proof of vaccination

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Hepatitis A

WHAT IS IT ?
A virus that infects the liver

HOW DO I GET IT?
From foods and drinks that have been handled by people that carry the virus

WHAT HAPPENS?
Hepatitis A varies in severity from a flu-like illness to requiring hospitalization

It is rarely fatal

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
There is no treatment for hepatitis A

Vaccination is safe and effective at preventing hepatitis A

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Hepatitis B

WHAT IS IT ?
A virus that infects the liver

HOW DO I GET IT?
You can catch it from unsterilized needles, sexual intercourse, unscreened blood transfusions and other equipment like spa and tattooing tools that have not been sterilized effectively

IS IT SERIOUS ?
There is an immediate illness which can be serious and sometimes fatal

But even after recovery some people will carry the virus for life

Cirrhosis (permanent liver damage) and liver failure can develop over years

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
Hepatitis B can be treated with a course of drugs that often lasts months

The treatment itself can result in unpleasant side effects and is not always effective

Some people do not respond to the treatment

Vaccination is safe and effective to prevent hepatitis B

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Typhoid

WHAT IS IT ?
Typhoid is a disease caused by a bacteria called Salmonella

HOW DO I GET IT?
From eating food contaminated with the bacteria

IS IT SERIOUS ?
Typhoid causes fever, abdominal pain and intestinal bleeding which can lead to perforation of the bowel as well as neurological symptoms and joint pains

Unsupported it can be fatal in vulnerable individuals

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
Typhoid can be treated with antibiotics, sometimes requiring weeks of treatment

There is increasing resistance to antibiotics which is an ongoing concern

Avoid undercooked foods to reduce the risk of catching it

Vaccination effectiveness varies but can prevent up to 65% of cases

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Rabies

WHAT IS IT ?
Rabies is a virus, a Lyssavirus

HOW DO I GET IT?
90% of human infections are from infected dog bites

WHAT HAPPENS?
The virus causes fever, headache, vomiting and infects the nervous system and brain leading to involuntary muscle movement and a fear of water and sometimes air

There is an incubation period before symptoms start, that can be from days to months, sometimes years

It is 100% fatal once symptoms begin

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
Treatment for rabies is available after a bite but can be hard to find in remote areas or developing countries

Rabies vaccination is available

Treatment after a bite is still required however it is much less complicated and easier to find

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Meningitis ACYW (Menactra)

WHAT IS IT ?
A bacteria that infects the brain

HOW DO I GET IT?
From being around other people that carry the disease

WHAT HAPPENS?
It is fatal almost 100% of the time

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
Antibiotics can be tried but there is a high failure rate

The disease can progress so quickly it is often too late

Vaccination is the only effective prevention

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Travellers diarrhea (Dukoral)

WHAT IS IT ?
Travellers diarrhea is caused by a change of environment and differing sanitation standards

HOW DO I GET IT?
From food and water

WHAT HAPPENS?
Symptoms vary from mild loose stool to fever to blood in the stool and abdominal cramps with frequent diarrhea

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
Travellers diarrhea can be treated with over the counter treatments like Pepto-Bismol, Imodium and oral rehydration

Antibiotics can be used for severe cases

Dukoral is an oral vaccine that protects against a specific bacteria that is responsible for up to 30% of cases

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SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

The Serengeti covers a vast area in northwestern Tanzania. It’s an absolute must see for wildlife lovers. But make sure you’re vaxxed and wearing plenty of DEET malaria is a factor

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DO I NEED A FLU SHOT WHEN I TRAVEL ABROAD?

Yes! You may be travelling to a destination where the flu vaccine is not routine
The flu season differs depending on where you go in the world. The effects of long-haul travel may pre-dispose you to infection

"The Burnaby location has very nice staff that makes your less than fun stay much better (who likes being stuck by one or more needles). They give vaccinations for basically anything that you could need wile out travelling the world. "
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