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img_voyageTravellers’ diseases

As soon as you leave North America in order to travel to a foreign country, whether for pleasure or for fun, you run the risk of contracting a disease. Several weeks before you leave, it is important to consult your physician or a specialized centre about the ways to immunize yourself against diseases for each country you plan to visit.

Updating your vaccines

Poliomyelitis, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR): In adults, booster shots help reinforce vaccines that were given during childhood, as well as vaccines administered under special circumstances.

Tetanus, poliomyelitis: Booster is recommended every 10 years.

Diphtheria: Booster every 10 years for those travelling in potentially endemic areas.

Other recommended vaccines

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Cholera/ Travellers’ diarrhea (tourista)
  • Typhoid fever
  • Yellow fever*
  • Malaria (choice of preventive medications)

*The CAMU Santé Vaccination Clinic is accredited to administer the yellow fever vaccine.


Travel healthy
  1. Planning a trip is simple. At least four weeks before you leave, inquire about the ways to protect yourself.
  2. Remember that the risk of contracting a disease also occurs in popular tourism areas such as the West Indies and Mexico.
  3. When travelling, try to eat only food that has been boiled, cooked or peeled!
  4. Travelling with a small child requires special precautions. To find out more, click here…

Useful links

http://www.voyage.gc.ca/index-eng.asp Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/im/travelvaccines-eng.php Public Health Agency of Canada. Travel vaccines. http://www.international.gc.ca/ciw-cdm/embassies-ambassades.aspx?lang=eng Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. List of Canadian embassies abroad.