Medisys Health Group

May 23, 2012 13:00 ET

Traveling This Summer? Need a Vaccination Before You Go? Get an Early Start. Many Vaccines Need Time to Take Effect

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) -

Attention Health, Travel & Lifestyle Editors

Travelers to other countries often face health issues they wouldn't ordinarily experience at home. "That's why it's important to check with your family doctor well in advance," says Dr. Vivien Brown, Vice President of Medical Affairs, for Medisys Health Group. "You should ensure your routine vaccinations are up to date and have travel related prescriptions for illnesses such as travelers' diarrhea and altitude sickness before you go. Some vaccines require a series over time and the best way to protect yourself is to plan ahead."

Here is a checklist for travelers:

  1. Pneumococcal vaccination if at risk: Prevnar 13 is now recommended for adults over 50 at risk and for all adults over 65.
    Pneumonia and influenza together are the 8th leading cause of death.
  2. Up to date tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough).
    A national survey found less than 47% of adults were properly immunized for tetanus.
  3. Prevention of shingles: shingles is a reactivation of chickenpox virus, causing disease that is most common in older adults 50+.
  4. HPV vaccine for prevention of cervical cancer, anal cancer, certain head and neck cancers and genital warts.
  5. Consider hepatitis risks: The hepatitis A vaccine is given in two doses, 6 months apart. Hepatitis B vaccine is given through 3 injections over 6 months or can be accelerated over 3 weeks.
    Hepatitis affects millions of North Americans and is a serious health problem in parts of Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.
  6. Check to determine if certain vaccines are required such as Yellow Fever for travel to sub-Saharan Africa or South America.
  7. Safer sex, consider Hepatitis B and HPV immunization as well as barrier methods of protection.
  8. Born after 1970? Check your status re measles and mumps as there have been recent outbreaks in Europe in under immunized populations. You need 2 shots and lots of people have only had one.
  9. Consider quadrivalent meningitis immunization as it is available, safe and will protect you from a deadly, though infrequent, disease.
  10. For those who want or need additional protection an oral vaccine is available to reduce the risk of travelers' diarrhea.
  11. Consider typhoid fever vaccine especially for travel to the Indian subcontinent or prolonged travel off usual tourist routes.

Be careful!! The number one cause of death in young adults while abroad is motor vehicle accidents. Wear a seatbelt when one is available, a bike helmet etc.

About Dr. Vivien Brown -- MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP. Dr. Brown is a family physician and international and national speaker on health prevention and wellness. She was awarded Physician of the Year 2011, by KMH, an international diagnostic facility and recipient of the prestigious Enid Johnson MacLeod Award from the Federation of Medical Women of Canada for teaching in women's health. Dr. Brown is also Vice-President, Medical Affairs, for Medisys Health Group, promoting preventative health.

About Medisys (

Medisys Health Group provides individual and executive health assessments and develops comprehensive health management solutions for companies across Canada. It also operates Travel Clinics. Medisys offices are located in Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver.

Contact Information

  • For further information and interviews
    with Dr. Vivien Brown please contact:
    Marjorie Wallens
    0 - 416-961-5924 or Cell - 416-708-3783