Travel Vaccines FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions...

  • 1 How early should I visit travel clinic before my departure?

    Answer: Travelers should visit a travel clinic as soon as their plan is made because some of the vaccines require booster dosages which may take few weeks to months. We usually recommend about 4-6 weeks before intended departure date. The purpose of the travel clinic is to minimize your risk related to your visit to a foreign country.

  • 2 Are the booster injections necessary?

    Answer: All the required booster dosages for a particular vaccine must be taken before or after tour trip for maximum protection.

  • 3 Do I need to buy my own injections from a pharmacy?

    Answer: We carry most of the vaccines on site. We do not write prescriptions for vaccines. A few special vaccines may need to be ordered on demand.

  • 4 Do you take credit cards for payment?

    Answer: We have Interac service for direct payments from debit cards, Visa and MasterCard.

  • 5 Are there any charges for consultation and travel vaccines?

    Answer: Clinic visit and travel vaccines are not covered under the Medical Services Plan (MSP). There is counselling (visit) fee per person plus the cost of vaccines which is comparable to most other travel clinics in Greater Vancouver.

  • 6Is there any group discount?

    Answer: Group discount may apply at the discretion of the doctor depending upon the number of people and complexity of the travel plan.


  • 7 Who gives travel vaccines: doctor or a nurse?

    Answer: Travel consultation and vaccines are given at the Surrey Medical & Travel Clinic by the duly qualified MD and not by any non-MDs.

  • 8 Can we get urgent or after hour appointments?

    Answer: Urgent or after hours appointments can be given at a special rate depending upon the availability of the doctor.

  • 9 What are the routine vaccinations?

    Answer: Routine immunization are the primary immunization schedule and those in common practice. You may require routine vaccinations if you did not get them before either because you may be a new immigrant or born before these vaccines become available. These are the diseases typically vaccinated against in Canada:

    Diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis (DTaP or Tdap)
    Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
    Measles/mumps/rubella (MMR)
    Hepatitis B
    Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Quadracel for less than 7 years, Tdap for adolescents)
    Meningococcal C
    Pneumococcal conjugate (for infants/young children)

  • 10 What are the required vaccinations?

    Answer: Required for entry into a particular country or region. Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required for several countries in Africa and South America. Meningococcal vaccine is required for travel to Saudi Arabia during Hajj and Umrah.

  • 11 What are the recommended vaccinations?

    Answer: Recommended – selected vaccines may be recommended for specific circumstances. These are most of the travel vaccines.