Healthy Living

  • If you plan to visit an area affected by malaria or any travel destination this winter, please don’t let your travel plans sideline you from saving lives. Consider donating blood before you go. Call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to book your appointment.
  • Get your flu vaccine and other vaccinations and medicines you may require for travel. Learn about deferral periods for common vaccinations by going to blood.ca.
  • Get travel health information for your destination before you travel.
  • Pack a travel health kit. Think about where you are going and whether you will have access to health items and supplies. Where needed, include: prescription medicines; special prescriptions needed for your particular trip, such as medicines to help prevent malaria or antiviral medications; over-the-counter medicines, such as antidiarrheal medication, antihistamines, decongestant, alcohol-based hand rub, tissues, medicine for pain or fever, anti-motion sickness medication, antacid, cough drops and cough suppressant; first aid supplies; health insurance card; and water purification tablets.
  • The first symptoms of malaria usually include fever and chills — similar to symptoms of the flu. Seek medical attention if you experience these symptoms when visiting an area where there is risk of malaria. If left untreated, malaria can quickly become serious and even life-threatening.
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