The planning of a well-deserved vacation, a relocation for work purposes or simply visiting friends and family is exciting!

Things to do prior to departure such as:

  • Choosing a destination and things to do while on holiday
  • Dates of travelling
  • Travel insurance
  • Passports
  • House and/or pet sitting
  • Luggage and clothing

Some countries required certain vaccines prior to entry, some others are recommended to keep you healthy and enjoy your next adventure.

Travel vaccine recommendations are depending on the type of travel, destination, length of travel, immunization history, and health history. There are different risks you may encounter and will need to be protected or at least aware of during your travel. Some preventable diseases may be recommended in addition to the regular immunizations such as updating Tetanus/Diphtheria and Pertussis are:

Hepatitis A (Hep A) infection occurs worldwide and is caused by hepatitis A virus (HAV), which is transmitted via the fecal-oral route or via consumption of contaminated food or water and is then replicated in the liver.

Travelers should observe food and beverage precautions and hand hygiene (frequent, thorough handwashing), regardless of vaccination status. – Travelers should also observe safer-sex practices

Hepatitis B, a serious, potentially chronic infection of the liver that occurs worldwide, is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV), which is transmitted via contact with contaminated blood, blood products, and other bodily fluids. Travellers should discuss itinerary and activities with a health care provider.

Cholera is an acute bacterial intestinal disease caused by toxigenic Vibrio cholerae. Cholera occurs in developing countries with inadequate sanitation and a lack of clean drinking water and in areas where infrastructure may have broken down due to war or natural disasters. Cholera is a substantial health burden in such countries and is endemic in Africa and South and Southeast Asia (where focal outbreaks periodically occur) as well as in South and Central America (but much less so). Recent outbreaks have occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Horn of Africa, and Yemen.

Japanese encephalitis (JE), caused by a flavivirus (closely related to West Nile and Saint Louis encephalitis viruses), is a potentially severe arboviral disease occurring throughout south-central, southeastern, and eastern Asia and parts of the Western Pacific and is transmitted via the bite of infected mosquitoes (Culex species).

Meningococcemia and meningococcal meningitis are potentially fatal, acute bacterial infections of the blood and meninges occurring worldwide, caused by Neisseria meningitidis. Transmission is through direct contact with airborne droplets from infected persons or carriers.

Pneumococcal disease, caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae, is transmitted person to person via direct contact with respiratory secretions from infected persons or carriers (mainly infants and young children, especially in low- and middle-income countries).

Polio (poliomyelitis) is a highly infectious disease of the nervous system caused by polioviruses acquired through the consumption of fecally contaminated food or water.

Rabies is an acute, progressive infection of the central nervous system caused by neurotropic viruses, which are transmitted in the saliva through the penetrating bite of rabid animals. A traveler who has been bitten, scratched, or licked by a mammal in a rabies-endemic country or by a bat from anywhere in the world should urgently seek advice on Post Exposure Prophylaxis.

Typhoid fever is a potentially serious bacterial infection caused by Salmonella. Transmission is through the consumption of fecally contaminated food or water; risk is highest in developing countries, especially in South Asia.

Yellow fever, an acute hemorrhagic disease, is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito that acquires the virus when it ingests a blood meal from infected monkeys or humans in Africa and Central and South America. Risk to travelers is low; however, the case-fatality rate approaches 90% in unvaccinated travelers.

Travel information

Information on travelling to, from and within Canada.


Book your first appointment

Has someone informed you that before your next trip you need to be immunized? It could be a family member, your travel agent, a government health worker, or maybe you saw something on tv. We are here to help and want to make the process as painless as possible. Here is what you can expect when getting immunized at atlas immunization!

Because Provincial Health Care Insurance Plans do not cover Travel Health Immunization Services, a receipt with the Drug Identification Number (DIN) will be provided to you at the end of each of your visits for submission to your private health insurance plan for reimbursement assessment through your drug plan or a Health Spending Account. Please make sure to submit your receipts and keep them in a safe place to avoid a replacement fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is my appointment?

For Travellers the length of your appointment will depend on the particulars of your itinerary and the number of people travelling with you, it may take between 15 and 60 minutes, once you book it you will know the estimated length of your visit.

When should I come in for my immunizations?

For Travellers we recommend that you book your appointment as soon as destination and date of departure/return are confirmed.

I do not have much time before leaving on my trip. Should I still get my immunizations?

It is better to book an appointment at least 6-8 weeks prior to departure, but you can always minimize the risk; it is never too late to get immunizations. If you cannot find an appointment online prior to your departure, please email us at or leave a message at 780-465-5150 one of our staff will be happy to help you.

Are immunizations required?

For travellers, some vaccines are recommended by the country you are visiting, Health Canada, and other entities while others are required for you to get into the country. Immunizations, along with recommended preventive measures, will help you stay healthy, so you can enjoy your journey and your return home.

Do I pay for vaccines if I go to a government clinic for travel vaccines?

For Travellers yes. Although Government clinics may offer travel services as well, both the private and public sector charge for vaccines since travel immunizations are not covered by government insurance.

Do I need a prescription for my immunizations?

NO, Atlas Immunizations is a designated Yellow Fever Centre by the Public Health Agency of Canada, we have all vaccines on site for your convenience.

Can I bring the vaccine purchased at our local pharmacy to be injected?

NO, for your safety vaccines are heavily regulated, and must be stored and transported within the Provincial Cold Chain Protocol.

What immunizations do I need before I leave on my trip?

A customized pre-travel assessment appointment is highly recommended. Health risks when traveling vary significantly according to your destination, duration of travel, the purpose of your visit, age, and most importantly, your health. Two travellers going to the same destination may have different recommendations.

Would my insurance cover the cost of these immunizations?

The Canadian Public Health System does not cover travel immunization. However, some private insurance companies may reimburse the cost depending on the level of coverage. A receipt with the Drug Identification Number will be issued to you at each visit.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

In order to provide you with comprehensive service please:

  • Bring your previous immunization records (including out of Province/Country), we have access to the online Alberta registry; however, sometimes those records are incomplete, contact your local health centre to get a copy if you do not have one. (780-413-7985in Alberta or 811)
  • List of currently prescribed medications
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Travel immunization form that need to be completed. Download it here.
How do I cancel an appointment?

To avoid a short notice cancellation fee of $48.00 you must cancel your appointment at least 48 hours in advance, other patients would appreciate the opportunity to book their appointment.


Please note: A reminder of your appointment will be sent to you, use this to confirm, cancel or reschedule. You can also cancel by phone (leave a message) or e-mail at

What is the benefit of a travel assessment?

Our Travel nurses follow provincial and international guidelines to assure you don’t get unnecessary vaccines, they are trained, and specialized with more than 100 years of combined experience in travel health offering the most current information on required and recommended vaccinations specific to your travel itinerary. Although, some experienced travellers may not want to have an assessment we highly recommend having one prior to departure.

Do you immunize children?

Yes, our travel nurses are experienced in immunizing children from birth. Travel vaccines have a minimum age requirement of 6 months.

What side effects may I experience following vaccination?

Most vaccines cause no reactions outside of some local redness or tenderness at the injection site, but in rare cases may cause dizziness, fatigue, or headache. Prior to the administration of any vaccine, our experienced staff will go over details of the recommended vaccines.

Is there free parking?

Yes, for your convenience, we have available parking in front of our office.

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