Going to a resort in Cuba, Dominican Republic or Mexico can be a great way to have a holiday. Traveling can be a wonderful experience. To enjoy your adventure make a plan to stay healthy and safe. Before you travel be sure to check if any vaccines are recommended for your destination. It is advisable to see a doctor at least 6 weeks prior to departure (some vaccines take at least 2-3 weeks to become effective against disease). Vaccines need to be prescript by a doctor.
If you are staying at a Caribbean or Mexican Resort for less than 2 weeks:
Hepatitis A: A virus that can spread through direct person-to person contact or through exposure to contaminated water, ice and food.
Hepatitis A vaccine is a series of 2 injections, one injection at least 2 weeks before leaving will provide protection for up to 1 year. A booster 6-12 months later will provide long term protection. Each injection is $45.00 (WLU student insurance plan will cover 80%).
Hepatitis B: A virus that can spread through exposure to blood or body fluids. Most Ontario students have been immunized for this in grade school. If you still require Hepatitis B vaccine or did not complete the series of 2 (3) injections, make an appointment at Health Services. Twinrix may be an option for people who have not had Hepatitis A and B vaccines as it is a series of 3 injection covering both viruses. Each injection is $50.00.
Tetanus-Diphtheria: A routine vaccine with a booster required every 10 years. Check your immunization records.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella: A routine vaccine usually completed in childhood. Check your immunization records. Should include a series of 2 injections.
Malaria: Malaria Pills are recommended for travel to the Dominican Republic and in Kingston, Jamaica.
Malaria is not generally a risk in resorts but mosquito precautions should be taken.
If you have traveled to a malaria-risk area and you become ill (for up to 1 year) with a fever or flu-like symptoms you should seek medical attention and inform your physician of your travel history.
Note: Vaccines do not offer 100% protection. Health Precautions should still be maintained.
If you have questions or concerns relating to the course KP322 please visit www.wlu.ca/KP322info for the most accurate up to date information.
If you are experiencing illness (new cough or shortness of breath and fever) we ask you call Health Services 519-884-0710 ext 3146 first to receive advice on treatment options and an appointment. Please notify staff if you have visited China in the last 6 weeks.
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