About the Travel Health Clinic
The Travel Health Clinic currently operates one day per week. The clinic will accept clients from anywhere in Manitoba.
This service is not covered by Manitoba Health therefore the client will have to pay for the services received and any product purchased. A receipt will be given and it may be that some will have coverage from their own private health insurance.
The clinic would prefer to see people at least 6 weeks before their departure but it will try to be as accommodating as possible.
This is more than getting a vaccination – it involves an assessment of the risks to the client from that specific location or itinerary, in the context of the client’s medical history. It will usually lead to some recommendation to meet those risks. That may or may not involve medication or vaccinations. It is important that what is offered is more than just a vaccination centre, but the necessary advice and knowledge to help you have a healthy vacation, mission trip or business trip.
Who Are We?
Dr. Amanda Bergman has been a family physician at Agassiz Medical Centre since 2010. She is currently completing University of Minnesota Online Global Health Course. She is part of the Manitoba Travel Health Network, as well as the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) and has attended the Infectious Diseases Update 2016: International Medicine and Tropical Diseases conference Nov 4-5th, 2016.
Shelley Wall and Darlene Blatz, both registered nurses, have recently completed Travel Health 101 and have also attended the Manitoba 13th Annual Travel Conference, hosted by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Travel Health and Tropical Medicine Services. Darlene and Shelley are also a part of the Manitoba Travel Health Network.
Depending on travel location and medical needs, you may see one or both of the nurses, Dr Bergman or a combination of all three.
How Does It Work?
On realizing that you would like some help with your plans for travel, please fill out the form below and either:
-fill out and submit online
-print out and bring into the clinic
-mail to the clinic (130-30 Stephen Street, Morden, MB R6M 2G3)
If you do you not have internet access you can either:
-call the clinic (204) 822 4474 and request that a form be mailed/emailed to you
-come to the clinic and request a form at reception.
This form helps us plan for your visit and tailor the advice to your situation. This will include details of your visit, how long, where to and previous travel history. It will also include a brief history of your current and past medical history. This is very important in assessing your risks and how best to advise. Once we receive your completed form, you will be contacted to set up an appointment.
NO appointments will be made prior to receiving your completed travel health information form. It is our aim to be stocking a variety of vaccines at the clinic. We can provide you with the costs of the vaccine at the time when your appointment is booked
Depending on the size of your group you should expect to be between 60 and 90 minutes at the clinic. Please ensure that you have allowed enough time for your other commitments. We often see families but each member of the family is treated as an individual.
What types of vaccinations or medications will I receive?
The most common are probably the ones you don’t think about and they are free! The clinic will make sure that you are up-to-date with those vaccinations covered by Manitoba Health, such as for Tetanus or Influenza. The next most commonly requested are for Hepatitis A and B. Hepatitis B is a dangerous viral infection of the Liver that can result in death for up to a third who contract it. They may also develop liver failure or liver cancer years later. It can be caused by contact with the blood of someone who has the disease, with instruments not sufficiently sterilized, casual sexual contact, IV recreational drug use or even inadvertent contact with a used needle while walking the beach. All children in Manitoba are offered this vaccination in Grade 6.
Hepatitis A is less dangerous but more common. It is likely to make you yellow and sick for a few months and will spoil your post vacation relaxation! It is contracted with contaminated water either in the ice cubes, swimming in contaminated water, or food prepared improperly.
Vaccination for typhoid fever is often recommended for people going off the beaten path, remote locations or where hygiene is less than desired. Again this is contracted orally. The vaccination can either be by needle or by a series of oral capsules.
Yellow Fever is a tropical disease caused by a virus transmitted by a specific mosquito. It causes a serious illness with a fatality rate as high at 60%. Thankfully it is only found in certain locations. However it is one of the few vaccinations that is legally mandated in some certain countries. It can also be required if you are entering a country, within 7 days, of leaving a country with a past history of Yellow Fever. The vaccination attracts its own certificate and can only be given in registered clinics. Currently* there is a worldwide yellow fever vaccine shortage. Accommodations will be made to provide your vaccine at another Travel Health Clinic. The details are complicated and change all the time and so your detailed itinerary is important. Failure to get this vaccination, when required, may entail a quarantine of 7 days when entering a country.
Some other vaccinations include polio, for specific risk countries, Meningococcal vaccine, especially for sub Saharan Africa. There are some who may require more rare vaccines, such as against Rabies or Japanese Encephalitis. Again their need or recommendation will follow a risk assessment with the client.
Unfortunately there is yet to be an effective vaccine for protection against Malaria, an infection with a single cell organism, transmitted by a specific group of mosquitoes. The oral antimalarial recommendation of what to take will depend on preference of the client and what is known to work in that location. Again this is a changeable area of information.
* Information on the yellow fever shortage was updated on 10/2017
More than just vaccinations
There are a lot of other infections, other risks and potential dangers that are not covered by a vaccination. There are the challenges of a high altitude vacation in Peru or Nepal, mountain trekking in central Europe, diving the barrier reef. There are the illnesses from eating carnivore fish, mosquito illnesses found in Central America and even now into the southern USA. There are risks of driving a motorbike in Bermuda or Mexico. What to do if you are bitten by a monkey in Thailand, a bat in east Africa or a dog in China. What to do if that diarrhea does not want to stop, where and when to seek help. All of these are possible topics depending in where you are heading.
Travel Health Fees as of November 1, 2016
Currently we accept CASH, DEBIT and CREDIT and all payments for travel health visits must be paid in advance of visit.
- One Person
- $50.00 (nurse only)
- One Person
- $60.00 (if destination/medical history requires physician at appointment)
- Family (up to 5 people)
- Family (6-10 immediate family members)
- Per page
- Diving Form
The Clinic reserves the right to increase the price of vaccinations, as required. We currently charge the same rates at Southern Health Sante Sud.
- Dukoral Series of 2
- $116 or $58 for booster
- Hepatitis A (Pediatric) Havrix 720/Avaxim
- Hepatitis A (Adult) Havrix 1440/Avaxim
- Hepatitis B (Pediatric) Energix B/Recombivax
- Hepatitis B (Adult) Energix -B/Recombivax
- Twinrix (Pediatric)
- Twinrix (Adult)
- Vivaxim (Hep A/Typhoid)
- Typhoid Oral (sachets, oral caps or injection)
- Yellow Fever
- Rabies (pre-exposure) Imovax or RabAvert
- $Current Rate
- Chicken Pox (Varicella)
- Japanese Encephalitis
- $Current Rate
- Meningoccocal Meningitis (ACYW-135) Menomune
- Meningoccocal Meningitis (ACYW-135) Menactra
- Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR)
- Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td)
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Adacel)
- Polio – IPV
- DaPTP/Hib (Pediacel)
- DaPTP (Quadracel)
- Pneumococcal 23
- Tick Borne Encephalitis
- $Current Rate
Patients are welcome to buy the vaccinations at a pharmacy of their choosing and return at another appointment to get the vaccination given. We do not recommend that you get your vaccinations given anywhere other than a medical centre that has access to resuscitation equipment and medication.
Please note: If you haven’t rec’d a call within 10 days of submitting this form, you should call the clinic to inquire if your form was received.