The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies recognize the important role travel agencies play in reminding clients about health considerations when they travel abroad. We understand how travel-related illnesses can negatively impact the tourism industry as a whole. By working together, we can keep Canadians healthy and strengthen tourism industry.
To help you prepare your clients, PHAC has updated its Travel Health website. The site provides new information for Canadian travellers on how to protect their health before, during and after they travel.
Key highlights include:
•country-specific travel health information (travel information by country, currently 10 countries posted; 15 additional countries will be posted by March 2012);
•Travel Health Notices;
•information on specific diseases and health conditions; and
•list of yellow fever vaccination centres.
The new website, which will continue to expand to include travel health information for over 200 countries over the coming year, is an excellent resource to assist clients who plan to travel. The website can also help you, as a travel professional, to keep current on travel health issues.
Travel Counsellors can remind clients to visit a health care practitioner six weeks in advance of international travel and to ‘surf before they fly’.
As advisors on international travel issues, we ask that you help inform international travellers by distributing the “Surf Before You Fly” postcard as part of your ticket or tour information packages for international travel clients. A letter along with an example of the postcard will be sent to your agency contact point. To order supplies, please contact Service Canada by telephone at 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232) or visit the Government of Canada website at http://canada.gc.ca/home.html. Materials are free of charge and reorders may be made at any time.
We greatly appreciate your support in this important effort to protect the health of Canadians.
Michèle Sabourin David McCaig
A/Director, Travel Health Division President and Chief Operating Officer
Public Health Agency of Canada Association of Canadian Travel Agencies