Learn More About Our Travel Consultations

Serving patients throughout Lethbridge, Palliser Medical & Travel Clinic invites you to learn more about our travel consultation services on this page. A travel consultation can help you stay healthy and safe while you're overseas, and we ask that you book your consultation at least 6 to 8 weeks prior to your travels.

Please note, seeing Dr. Kizuk for a travel consultation does not make you a regular patient. If you'd like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

Travel Consultation Overview

In a travel consultation we only need about 1 or 2 hours of your time to focus on keeping you as healthy as possible during your travel. To allow us to give you the most complete information, we need you to book your consultation with us as least 6 to 8 weeks prior to your travel. You will also need to complete our travel consultation online as soon as possible so that we can do our research for you ahead of time.

We want to make sure that you have completed all your vaccinations at least 10 days ahead, and will request that you bring us a record of all your previous immunizations from your local public health department or call Alberta Health Services. We need as much medical information on your health history as possible including the medications you are on as well as any allergies that you might have.

A detailed travel itinerary from you will help us determine your risks such as malaria, yellow fever and altitude sickness. We can also help you with visa and employment medicals, and these need to be booked ahead of time so that we may able to arrange any blood tests or X-rays that you might need. Our goal is to be able to give you the best up-to-date information and help you with safe travel. If you are pregnant or travelling with children we will request that you bring your pregnancy record and the children's immunization records.

Please book your appointments in advance as soon as you can. We are a designated yellow fever centre. Yellow fever vaccinations must be completed at least 10 days ahead of your travel. We will give you a schedule of any booster vaccinations that you may need during or after your travel. You may not have completed your vaccination series from a previous travel.

We carry all vaccines on site and will give you a record of all the vaccines you receive. We will give you any prescriptions you need for self-treatment of traveler's diarrhea, altitude sickness and malaria. Palliser Medical & Travel Clinic is a primary care practice. We have a new physician joining us, and are accepting patients who currently do not have a family physician. Giving care to the new Canadians arriving from conflict zones is also part of our primary care practice. Dr. Kizuk will be offering cosmetic medicine in early 2015.

Travel Consultation and Questionnaire

A pre-travel questionnaire should be completed by each traveler and returned to us at least 2 to 3 days before your appointment at our clinic. They can be sent to us by email, by fax or in person. It is also important that you contact the community health office(s) where you received vaccinations and request that they fax your records to our clinic.

Other things to keep in mind about our consultations:
  • Please schedule consultation at least 6 weeks ahead
  • The costs of travel vaccines are not covered by Alberta Health Care
  • The consultation fee is $50 per person
  • Missed appointments will be billed if not cancelled 2 days ahead of your scheduled appointment

What's Included in a Travel Consultation

Wondering what to expect during your travel consultation? Here are a few things to expect.

Itinerary Assessment

We will ask where you're traveling to, how long you will be traveling and the purpose of your journey.

Accommodation Assessment

We ask where you will be staying (e.g. hotel, resort, hostel, family dwelling, tent, and so on).

Travel Disease Prevention

We go into detail about how to prevent the diseases that you may be at high risk for while in the region you're traveling through.

Food & Water Safety

We give you tips on food and water safety.

Routine Immunization Assessment

We check your immunization history in order to make certain that you're protected against the most common diseases.

Country and Region Specific Immunizations

Some countries and regions are at higher risks for certain diseases, and some have laws that will prevent you from entering that country unless you have proof of an immunization for diseases such as yellow fever.

Administration of Recommended Immunizations

If you require, or if it is recommended that you have certain immunizations before traveling, we carry and can administer most immunizations at the clinic. There is a return injection fee for those that require more than one dose. We are also a certified yellow fever vaccination center.

Post-Travel Acute Illness Support

Please remember that seeing Dr. Kizuk for post-travel acute illness support does not make you her regular patient. We offer post-travel acute illness support, which is a visit that is covered by Alberta Health Services. If you acquire an illness within 4 weeks post-travel, Dr. Kizuk will see you for the treatment of that illness. We will keep your family doctor informed by sending him or her your lab test results and visit notes.

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