WARNING: Novel Wuhan Coronavirus

All travel to the Hubei Province in China should be avoided due to the current viral outbreak originating in Wuhan city. This is a new virus similar to SARS and poses an international health risk due to severe respiratory illness and pneumonia which has resulted in death. All travel to China, including Hong Kong, should be considered high risk and alternate travel plans should be considered. Currently, there is no vaccine for Coronavirus; thus, prevention is key:

  • wash your hands often

  • do not touch your face (i.e. eyes, nose & mouth) with unwashed hands

  • cover your cough or sneezes (with tissue or your sleeve); discard tissue and immediately wash your hands (or use alcohol-based sanitizer until soap and water are available)

  • avoid sharing food and drink (i.e. cups, straws, utensils, plates) with others, including family members

  • stay home if you feel ill (except to get medical care) 

Please ensure your annual flu shot and pneumococcal vaccines are up-to-date as this will reduce your risk of co-infection.

For more information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisories

Hepatitis A is the most common preventable viral illness among travellers.

Unsuspecting travellers acquire Hepatitis A from consuming contaminated foods and water. Getting this virus could be as easy as...

  *enjoying a poolside Margarita with contaminated ice (skip the ice)

   *eating a salad washed in contaminated water (cook it, peel it or forget it)

  *brushing your teeth with contaminated tap water (use bottled water)

Protect the entire family. Hepatitis A vaccine is available for children, adults and seniors. This vaccine can be given as late as the day you travel.

Fifty percent of all unprotected travellers will get Travellers' Diarrhea on a two-week vacation.

Dodging bacteria-contaminated food and water during a trip can be like walking through a minefield.  Although not usually fatal, getting Travellers' Diarrhea will certainly ruin any trip. Food and water precautions, prophylactic and stand-by medications plus immunization are a must in reducing this very common illness.   


Dengue Fever, Malaria, and Zika Virus exist in one of Canada's favourite Caribbean vacation spots. 

One only has to travel to Dominican Republic to encounter serious mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue Fever, Malaria, and Zika. These diseases are serious and potentially fatal, especially to pregnant women, young children and seniors. Fortunately, there are travel interventions such as malaria pills and insect repellents to                                         reduce your risk.

Having lived in a particular country or region does not necessarily make you immune.

Many travellers visiting friends and relatives (VFRs) are also returning to their country of origin and have a false sense of security with respect to their immunity to local diseases. Often, while living in Canada, the VFR's natural immunity to diseases such as Malaria wanes over time and puts them at risk when they travel 'back home'.