Malaria Vaccine news

Jul 23, 2015 No Comments

Click here to read about promising malaria vaccine .

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Thailand Vaccines and Travel Health Risks

Jul 23, 2015 2 Comments

Thailand is one of the most popular destination for Canadian travellers especially younger travellers.Thailand has cultural and geographical diversity which makes it unique.Most Travellers to Thailand visit the popular tourist destinations in Thailand like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the Islands(Phuket, Ko Phi Phi and Ko Samui).Taking Malaria prophylaxis is very important for travellers to certain parts of Thailand.

Travellers should be up to date with their routine vaccines as well as Hepatitis A and B and Typhoid vaccines.High risk of Rabies exist throughout Thailand and pre-exposure vaccination should be considered especially for children.

Japanese Encephalitis , viral infection of the brain via mosquito bites, can be prevented by a vaccine in special situations.

Safety and Injury prevention as well as practicing safe sex are always recommended.

Please consult with your travel doctor prior to your Thailand trip by at least 4-6 weeks.

Picaridin and Permethrin

Jul 13, 2015 No Comments

Most travellers are aware of DEET which is widely available , safe and has been used as a repellent for many years.Recently a new  repellent , Picaridin , has emerged as a conventional insect repellent which highly effective and has some advantages over DEET.

Picaridin is less irritant than DEET, has minimal chemical pungent smell and does not damage gear which makes ideal for outdoors activities like hiking and fishing.

Although still not widely available in the Canadian market it can still be obtained from popular online retailers but for much higher price compared to the USA where it is widely available.

Permethrin is another insect repellent to use for gear and clothing (not for use on skin as DEET and Picaridin).It is highly effective against mosquitoes, ticks and flies.Permethrin is not toxic to humans but should still be used with caution according to the directions.For some reason its not widely available in Canada and can only be purchased online.