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1. Why do I need a pre-travel consultation?
A pre-travel consultation is to help you analyze and identify any health risks with our pharmacists, who keep up to date with the latest information regarding global outbreaks of illness and guidelines for preventative measures and treatments. Based on your specific health and medication history and your trip itinerary, our trained professionals will determine the medications and vaccinations, as well as any precautionary measures needed, to help keep you healthy and safe while you are travelling.
2. Why is there a consultation fee for my travel health appointment?
Travel consultation is a service provided by our pharmacists, who have undergone training and education to obtain the certifications and experience in the related field. We ensure sufficient time and resources are available to provide the consultation and assessment needed. This service is currently not covered by Alberta Health Care, therefore, this fee needs to be charged directly to the patient. However, some prescriptions and vaccines are covered by government and private drug benefit plans. Our staff will help you submit insurance claims online if you have any direct-billing drug insurance coverages. Please be sure to present your drug benefit cards and Alberta Healthcare Card when you come for your appointment.
3. What happens during my pre-travel consultation?
During your appointment, our travel health pharmacist will evaluate your risks based on the trip details and your health status. You will receive education and written materials based on the destinations and itinerary of your travel. Our pharmacist will also provide recommendations for the appropriate vaccinations and prescriptions, and will perform a comprehensive medication assessment if needed. Once the consultation is complete, we will address any related questions and concerns from you and prepare the prescriptions and administer the vaccine(s) on site. Before you leave our pharmacy, we will also provide you with information on how to stay connected with us while you are travelling abroad.
4. How long will my appointment take?
Our travel consultations usually take 30 to 60 minutes, including 15-30 minutes of time required for you to stay on site after vaccination. Our other health consultations such as weight management, smoking cessation program and diabetes management, take appropriately 30 minutes to complete, depending on the complexity of each case. It is important for you to book an appointment, so we can allocate sufficient time to provide proper patient assessment and answer any questions and concerns that you may have.
5. When should I book my pre-travel consultation appointment?
You should book your appointment between 6 and 8 weeks before travelling. Some vaccines require more than one dose and time to become effective before you travel. Also, some prophylactic medications need to be started a few weeks before your trip. However, it is better late than never! There can still be benefits to having an appointment at the last minute. Our travel health pharmacists may be able to offer you some advice and alternatives to help minimize travel health risks.
6. Does Alberta Health Care pay for travel health services?
Travel health consultations and travel immunizations are not covered by Alberta Health Care. Therefore, this service fee needs to be charged directly to the patient. However, some prescriptions and vaccines are covered by government and private drug benefit plans. Our staff will help you submit insurance claims online if you have any direct-billing drug insurance coverages. Please be sure to present your drug benefit cards and Alberta Healthcare Card when you come for your appointment. We encourage you to check with your drug benefit companies for more specific coverage details.