Section 1: Vaccine Assessment Confirmation
Obtain all necessary vaccinations and medications. These may take several weeks to complete so start early. Consult the Public Health Agency of Canada to review vaccine and anti-malarial prophylaxis information. Contact information and addresses for local international health clinics can be found at the Travel Health Clinics, Public Health Agency of Canada website. Students can also consult the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
On Dalhousie Campus, students can visit:
Dalhousie Health Services
6230 Coburg Road
Halifax NS, B3H 4J5
Appointments must be made with Dr. Dave Botten.
Please Note: Students are required to visit an international travel clinic to ensure they receive up-to-date and country-specific advice. The GHO requires confirmation from a travel clinic that each student has gone for an assessment.
Please be sure to complete the following steps:
- Print the global health travel clinic assessment verification form [PDF 94 kB] and take it with you when you have your assessment
- Have it signed and stamped by the Travel Clinic
- Upload a scanned copy of the signed and stamped global health travel clinic assessment verification form to your computer and attach here:
Section 2: Malaria Prophylasix
Students should review the malaria prophylaxis advised for the region by the Public Health Agency of Canada, their local international health clinic, or the U.S. Center for Disease Control and provide the following information:
Section 3: Mantoux testing
Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious infection which is very often asymptomatic. Students involved in international programs have been infected in the past. Students should be aware that tuberculosis is prevalent in many developing countries and can also be contracted in more developed ones.
Approach to TB prevention for students, residents, and faculty traveling overseas:
- Have a 2 step TB test before you go
- Be guided by the clinicians in the host country as to the prevalence of untreated TB
- The risk of catching TB is lower in open settings with lots of air flow - higher with prolonged exposure in poorly ventilated settings (according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, you need several hours of contact in a closed environment to catch TB)
- Consider the benefits and downsides of wearing a mask, which really should be an N95 mask if you want better protection
- Repeat the TB skin text on your return and 3 months later
- If the skin test becomes positive and CXR is clear you'll need treatment for latent TB
Section 4: Supplemental health insurance and travel insurance
As health care coverage is mandatory during international programs, students usually require additional coverage through their travel agent or private companies. Proof of health insurance is required for all international programs.
If you plan to use the Dalhousie student health plan, please call and ensure you are covered for your international elective period, especially if you're traveling to a developing country. Try to get the terms and conditions of your policy in writing.
Section 5: Sterile syringes and needles
Students are advised to determine the availability of these items at the program site. If not readily available, students are strongly advised to take a sufficient supply to allow for at least 3 injections or administration of local anaesthetic should the need arise. Recognizing the inconsistency of the availability of sterile syringes while traveling, bringing sealed, five c.c. syringes and needles of various calibre and length from Canada is highly recommended.